Major pot bust in Golden Gate Estates
FOX 4 Staff
GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. - Collier County Detectives found a major marijuana growing operation at a home in the Golden Gate Estates Tuesday and made two arrests.
Investigators found 165 marijuana plants valued at nearly $500,000 after executing search warrant at 288 14th Ave. N.E.
Marco Antonio Lainez, 41,and Pamela Evelyn Lainez, 38, who both live in the home were arrested. The two are brother and sister. Both are charged with one count each of marijuana trafficking and possession of narcotic equipment. Marco Lainez was also charged with possession of a structure for the purpose of trafficking marijuana.
Detectives discovered that two rooms inside the residence and the three-car garage had been converted into indoor marijuana grow rooms.
The grow rooms had equipment that detectives say are typically associated with growing marijuana. Detectives found 29 1,000-watt high-intensity light bulbs that were powered by high-power transformers.
The indoor marijuana grow equipment was valued at approximately $30,000.