Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hendry Grow House Busted

Suspect Admits 25 Mature Marijuana Plants Are His

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Narcotics Investigators took out another Marijuana grow house on February 19, 2009 at 4377 Fort Simmons Road, located a few miles northwest of LaBelle.

The execution of a search warrant by members of the Hendry Sheriffs Office paid off, says Lt. Susan Harrelle. Investigators located growing marijuana behind the residence of 53-year old Pedro Linares. (photo left)

Investigators found a barn on the 5-acre parcel of land, with a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation, says Harrelle.

They found three large air conditions units, two air conditioner handlers, and twenty-seven 1000-watt grow lights with transformers, sophisticated electrical network and irrigation system, exhaust fans, and numerous other items that assisted in the cultivation of the marijuana.

Once inside investigators found 25 mature live growing marijuana plants standing about five to six feet in height with a street value of approximately $423,000.

Investigators spoke with Linares who admitted to being the owner and operator of the marijuana grows operation.

Pedro Linares was then placed under arrest and charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently being held on $130,000 bond.

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