Two grow houses busted in Lee County
CREATED Nov. 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 15, 2012
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Major grow house busts in Lee County have landed two men behind bars.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is finding out, neighbors had no clue!
The Lehigh Acres two-story looks pretty nice from the outside; freshly cut grass, even a fountain.
But deputies say, the nice exterior was covering up something criminal inside.
"I was a little concerned yesterday," next-door neighbor Lucy Rivera said.
She, her husband and their five little ones live less than a football-field's distance from the house.
"Did you ever notice anything weird at the house? Anyone coming or going?" Hogan asked Rivera.
"Not at all, not at all," she said.
She was picking up her kids from school Wednesday as Lee County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Humberto Garcia, seizing 65 pot plants from the home on Richmond Avenue.
A lone marajuana leaf in the driveway and a smashed in front door remain Thursday morning.
"I was a little worried cause my son always walks that way," she said. "So when I saw the commotion, ya know, I decided to pick him up."
Rivera says her family moved next-door recently and they didn't know Garcia at all.
But she says a second look at the house revealed some hints that some thing was going on. Several small cameras perch on the front of the house and insullation blocks the windows and doors.
She got a glimpse of what he's been accused of hiding when the raid was going on Wednesday.
"The garage was open, and there were black bags and you could see all the plants in there," she said.
It wasn't just the one house in Lehigh Acres that was busted by deputies. Another grow house in Ft. Myers on Briar Lane was shut down. Deputies arrested Alejandro Sanchez-Bahena.
Deputies say he had 170 pot plants growing in his place.
Both men are being held in the Lee County jail, facing several charges related to growing pot in their homes.
Colleen Hogan, reporter