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 May 20th, 2008  
Grow house shut down in modest St. Lucie County neighborhood could have brought in $1.2 million a year, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
A modest home east of U.S.1 in unincorporated St. Lucie County housed elaborate marijuana “grow house” that could have brought its owners $1.2 million a year, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“Working with the State Attorney's Office, Sheriff’s detectives were investigating possible mortgage fraud at 5411 Buchanan Drive in the Indian River Estates neighborhood east of U.S.1 and south of Midway Road,” Sheriff Mascara said.

“Monday, narcotics detectives served a search warrant to find documents. The search revealed a sophisticated grow house with 75 mature marijuana plants,” Sheriff Mascara said.

The mortgage fraud investigation continues, as do other aspects of the investigation. “The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is committed to investigating the production and distribution of illegal substances throughout St. Lucie County,” Sheriff Mascara said.

The home’s electrical service had been altered so that the electricity necessary to power cultivation lights did not register on the electric meter.

Daniel A. Padron, 31 (DOB 9/23/77), was arrested at the home for marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, trafficking in marijuana, possession of cocaine and grand theft of utilities. Padron’s driver license bears a Miami address. Detectives said he is not the owner of the home.

Here is a web link to a locator map of the grow house:


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