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 February 4th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's drug agents, assisted by the FBI, shut down $2-million-a-year marijuana grow house in northern St. Lucie County, Sheriff Mascara announces
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff's drug agents, with the assistance of the Fort Pierce office of the FBI, have shut down a sophisticated marijuana "grow house" in northern St. Lucie County, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Detectives arrested two men involved in the grow house," Sheriff Mascara said. "Orlen Rene Vasquez, 28 (DOB 12/23/81), who lived at the grow house at 4850 Grovers Road, is charged with cultivation and trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Julio Cesar, 33 (DOB 12/21/76), of 1355 - 23rd Ave.,Vero Beach, rented the grow house and is charged with cultivation and trafficking in marijuana."

The Sheriff thanked agents of the Fort Pierce FBI office, who assisted in the investigation. "Working together, investigators at all levels of the justice system are actively investigating drug traffickers," Sheriff Mascara said. "We will make arrests whenever possible throughout St. Lucie County."

The grow house was capable of producing $2 million worth of marijuana a year from 144 plants, the Sheriff said.

It is located at 4850 Grovers Road, in a residential neighborhood north of Fort Pierce in northern St. Lucie County, southeast of Indian Pines Golf Club and north of Indrio Road. Here is a web link to a locator map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=4850+Grovers+Road,+Fort+Pierce,+FL+34951&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=34.808514,54.931641&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=4850+Grovers+Rd,+Fort+Pierce,+St+Lucie,+Florida+34951&z=16

The growing areas were in a bedroom and closet.

The home's wiring had been altered to bypass the electric meter to conceal the consumption of large amounts of electricity to run high-powered cultivation lights.

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