Charlotte County takes down 3 grow houses
FOX 4 Staff
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - One grow house bust in early March led to three more on Tuesday in Charlotte County. Dubbed "Operation Green House", the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office raided three grow houses in Port Charlotte.
The operation led to three arrests and the seizure of 351.35 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $1.2 million.
This morning Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said, “On March 1 we raided a grow house at 18099 Bly Avenue in Port Charlotte that led our Narcotics detectives to the three marijuana grow houses Tuesday. At the Bly Avenue home we seized 400 pounds of marijuana and made two arrests. The street value was set at $1.4 million."
Tuesday’s search warrants were executed at three Port Charlotte homes.
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. a raid was conducted at 1301 Hinton Street where 114 plants were seized and 27-year-old Yoanna Garcia was arrested for cultivating and trafficking marijuana.
The second raid happened at 1 p.m. at 3172 Normandy Drive were CCSO found 115 plants and 37 pounds of marijuana already sealed in packages. There 24-year-old Lanier Lugones Calderon was arrested for cultivating and trafficking marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The last raid took place at 6 p.m. at 2315 Lee Terrace where investigators found two growing rooms with plants that had been harvested. The seized pot weighed in at more than 36 pounds.
43-year-old Martha Lahera Estrada was taken into custody for cultivating and trafficking marijuana.
Sheriff Prummell expects these busts will lead to more.