"Cooperative" House Occupants Had 3 Stolen Trailers And 28 Pounds Of Weed
LABELLE, FL. -- While following up on anonymous tips, narcotics investigators located an indoor marijuana grow operation at 845 N. Live Oak Street, in the Montura area of central Hendry County.
Narcotics Investigators were greeted outside the home by a man later identified as Ernesto Napoles. When asked if there was anyone else inside the residence Napoles stated "six" and motioned for them to follow him. As they approached the rear door of the house it became evident to investigators that they had clearly located a marijuana grow house. Once inside Investigators found themselves in the midst of the harvest operation.
Occupants inside were cooperative. Suspect, Ivan Acanda admitted to investigators that he was in charge of the residence, he pays the rent, and the grow operation was his. Acanda allowed Sheriff's Officer personnel to search the residence. Acanda told investigators that he moved in and began the operation approximately three months ago and had about thirty to forty marijuana plants he just harvested.
During the search Investigators located, in the back yard of the residence, a tandem axle car hauler, a tandem axle closed in utility trailer and a Bobcat utility vehicle, all reported stolen. This resulted in the arrest of four men, the recovery of three stolen trailers, and the confiscation of 28 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $126,000.
Ivan Acanda was arrested and charged with Cultivation of Marijuana, Operating a Drug House, Trafficking in Marijuana, Grand Theft and numerous other charges.
Sergio Ruz, Lazaro Zamora and Ernesto Napoles were all arrested and charged with cultivation of Marijuana, Trafficking in Marijuana, and Possession of marijuana with intent and Possession of Paraphernalia.