3 arrested in Port Charlotte grow house bust
FOX 4 Staff
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Two Charlotte County deputies looking to serve a warrant wound up discovering an elaborate marijuana grow house operation after smelling the strong odor of pot coming from 21346 Hepner Avenue in Port Charlote.
The deputies notified CCSO's narcotics unit and on Thursday a search warrant was served. While the SWAT team was checking the house for occupants, two men dressed in full-body chemical suits and gloves ran out a side door. They were taken into custody at the rear of a nearby shed where they were taking off the chemical suits, trying to stuff them under the shed.
The men were identified as Omar Eduardo Sanchez, 55, and Ryan Adam Smith, 28, both of 21346 Hepner Avenue.
During the search of the residence, detectives found that the entire main living space of the home had been converted into a marijuana growing operation. There were grow lights suspended from the ceiling. Additional air conditioning units were present and electricity had been diverted from the meter, running out of the ceiling of one of the bedrooms. Detectives seized 122 marijuana plants which weighed 178.5 pounds.
A third man, Clyde Wiley Dennis, 43, also of the same address, arrived at the house while detectives were searching it. He was also taken into custody.