Unauthorized power connection leads to a marijuana grow house
Deputies investigating a report of an illegal power connection discovered $364,000 in marijuana in a “grow house” in North Fort Myers.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from Alpha District (north) received a call for service at 12181 Old Rodeo Drive. The call was placed by personnel from the Lee County Electric Cooperative regarding an unauthorized connection at this location. he deputies were requested to standby while power was disconnected from the residence. At the scene, deputies discovered some modifications to the property, including a large detached garage building with six brand-new air conditioners hidden in the palmetto bushes behind the building. Deputies also noted a strong odor of marijuana emanating from within the building.
Narcotics detectives were summoned to the scene to assume the investigation. Detectives wrote and executed a search warrant on the residence. Inside the building, detectives located numerous large marijuana plants in three separate (divided) rooms. Detectives also observed several inside air conditioners, power transformers and other equipment used to cultivate marijuana. Detectives located a total of 91 large mature marijuana plants. The marijuana plants have an estimated street value of $364,000.00 dollars. This investigation is an active and ongoing case at this time.
No further details are available at this time.
Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office