Update: Grow house bust in Cape Coral
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral police busted a suspected grow house early this morning at 4520 SW 12th Place. Detectives arrested 32-year-old Ricardo Cardenas of Hollywood.
Neighbors called police last night after noticing water leaking from the home. Police executed a search warrant on the home and detained Cardenas who was inside. Investigators found an elaborate marijuana growing operation inside along with 241 pounds of marijuana, estimated at $250,000.
"Obviously this person knew what they were doing," said Lt. Anthony Sizemore with Cape Coral Police Department. "This is not your typical pot smoker or personal user, this is an elaborate criminal enterprise that is known to target and attract violence."
Cardenas lives in Broward County and rented the Cape Coral home and came to check on it on a regular basis. Detectives say Cardenas admitted the marijuana plants and grow house equipment belonged to him.
Brett Haas lives down the street from the home and said he never suspected anything.
"I've seen the guys there a couple times, and they waved hi and seemed normal," Haas said.
"It was just a normal neighborhood house," said neighbor Ivette Knol, who said the area is gererally quiet and safe. "I think it's just a one time thing."
Police are investigating whether Cardenas is tied to a larger drug operation, which Lt. Sizemore said tends to be the case with local drug busts of this scale.
Cardenas was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana, operating a grow house and possession of paraphernalia. He's being held at Lee County jail under an $80,000 bond.