Three residents charged with drug possession
A death investigation at a Cape Coral home led to three arrests Tuesday morning after police discovered nearly 3 pounds of marijuana.
Cape police responded to a home at 1532 N.E. 34th Lane at 9:20 a.m. for a death investigation, according to reports. Jesus Rodriguez Gonzalez, 39, of 1412 N.W. 10th Ave., was found dead on the bed in the master bedroom. It was determined Gonzalez died of natural causes.
During the investigation, officers suspected marijuana was inside the home and contacted detectives with the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit, Cape police spokeswoman Connie Barron said. Detectives entered the home and smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the kitchen area.
According to reports, detectives located 2.94 pounds of hydroponic-quality marijuana in a kitchen cabinet. Fishing lines were also found in the master bedroom, strung from one end of the room to the other, which is reportedly indicative of a system used to hang dry marijuana plants for harvesting.
Barron said there is no indication that the home was used as a marijuana grow house. The value of the seized cannabis is $12,000.
Alain Gonzalez-Gascan, 29, and Magela Vallinas-Suarez, 30, told detectives that the master bedroom of the home at 1532 N.E. 34th Lane is theirs. According to reports, they said the fishing lines are used to “hang clothes” and claimed that the police probably “planted” the marijuana in their home.
Pedro Luis Diaz, 49, also of 1532 N.E. 34th Lane, denied any knowledge of the marijuana and fishing lines.
Gonzalez-Gascan, Vallinas-Suarez and Diaz were each charged with one felony count of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, one felony count of possession and or use of narcotic equipment and six misdemeanor counts of possession and or use of narcotic equipment.
All three were taken to the Lee County Jail. According to booking records, they had each been released on $9,000 bond by Wednesday evening. All three are due in court March 8.
A telephone number listed for the home is currently not in service.