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 September 17th, 2009  
Pull-down ladder leads St. Lucie County deputies to father-son marijuana “grow room” hidden in attic of residence, according to Sheriff Mascara
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s drug investigators serving a search warrant at a South Hutchinson Island home discovered a pull-down ladder leading to a hidden, attic marijuana “grow room,” according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“When the detectives pulled the rope that exposed the ladder, they climbed into a room above a storage area and found a marijuana growing room with 62 plants,” Sheriff Mascara said.

Detectives arrested Travis O’Leary, 27, and his father Michael O’leary, 48, both of 339 Nettles Boulevard, Jensen Beach (St. Lucie County), the home where the marijuana growing room was discovered.

“The location of this growing room was unique,” Sheriff Mascara said. “Often, we find bedrooms and storerooms used as growing areas, but it isn’t often we find this kind of setup in an attic.”

Deputies estimate the plants could produce up to $248,000 a year in sales of marijuana.

“These arrests resulted from a tip from a member of the public,” Sheriff Mascara said. “I encourage people who know where marijuana is being grown, distributed or sold to call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 (“TIPS”) to be eligible for cash rewards without leaving their names if the information leads to an arrest.”

People can also report drug activity by calling 9-1-1 in St. Lucie County. * * *

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