Thursday, April 25, 2013

Deputies Find $727K In Marijuana Plants At Estates Grow House

Deputies arrested a man and uncovered 50 marijuana plants valued at $727,000 Wednesday.

Detectives with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Bureau executed a narcotics search warrant at 2535 29th Ave. N.E., Golden Gate Estates.

Detectives discovered that a detached garage had been converted into an indoor marijuana grow operation. In addition to the plants they discovered grow equipment such as cooling units, transformers and high-intensity lighting. The value of the grow equipment was estimated at $5,000.

A resident of the home, Landy Fernandez, 27, was in the house when deputies arrived. He was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of a place used for trafficking a controlled substance and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

A second person in the home at the time the warrant was executed could not be tied to the grow operation and was released.

Detectives say this detached garage at 2535 29th Ave. N.E. housed an indoor marijuana grow operation. Photos by CCSO (2) 

Some of the marijuana plants discovered at 2535 29th Ave. N.E.