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 May 12th, 2007  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces raids in multimillion-dollar north-county marijuana grow-house operation
 

St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces raids in multimillion-dollar north-county marijuana grow-house operation

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 2 p.m. -- St. Lucie County Sheriff’s drug agents raided five north-county marijuana grow houses Friday, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“This investigation began several weeks ago,” Sheriff Mascara said, “and we’re still investigating. We believe these five grow houses could generate illegal income of $8.6 million a year. Our investigation indicates that this operation is related to the grow houses in the Port St. Lucie area which were discovered within the past year. We have worked with the Port St. Lucie Police Department in these investigations, and we will continue to do so.”

Sheriff Mascara continued, “The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is committed, and I am committed to combating drug abuse and drug dealing in our community.”

Arrested were:

- Jose Ignacio Quintana, 53, jailed under $176,000 bond;

- Osneil A. Miranda, 25, jailed under $50,000 bond; and

- Maria Arias, 19, jailed under $8,000 bond.

In all, the three defendants face 14 felony drug charges and 7 misdemeanor charges.

Detectives seized a total of 537 mature marijuana plants in five houses, all within two miles of each other. Three of the homes are in the Portofino Shores development; one home is in Lakewood Park, and another home is in the Indian Pines development, Sheriff Mascara said.

In addition, Sheriff’s investigators developed information that led Port St. Lucie police to a grow-house Friday night.

Here are the details:

On Friday, members of the Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant at 7505 Brookline Drive in Lakewood Park after weeks of investigating a possible marijuana-growing operation. During the search, detectives seized about. $35,000 in cash and 11 mature marijuana plants. Detectives also found what appeared to be a startup marijuana growing operation at the home. This equipment consisted of enough equipment for growing approx. 50 to 60 plants.

Detectives arrested two suspects in the case: Osneil A. Miranda, 25 (DOB 02/25/1982), and Maria Juliet Arias, 19 (DOB 06/27/1988.)  Both live at 7505 Brookline Drive in Fort Pierce. Both suspects were charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

From information obtained from the search, related and investigations throughout
the day, detectives were able to obtain four more search warrants in the Lakewood Park area the same day:

5707 Eagle Drive, Holiday Pines: Detectives seized 64 marijuana plants growing in the garage of the home. Marijuana growing paraphernalia was also seized at the home. Detectives charged Jose Ignacio Quintana, 53, DOB (06/22/1953) with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

62 17 Spring Lake Terrace, Portofino Shores: Detectives seized almost 400 marijuana plants growing inside the home, as well as marijuana-growing paraphernalia and equipment and $6,586 in cash from the home. Jose Ignacio Quintana was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jose Ignacio Quintana lives at this home as well.

63 13 Spring Lake Terrace, Portofino Shores: Detectives seized 32 marijuana plants growing in the garage of the home. Marijuana-growing equipment and paraphernalia were also seized at the home. Jose Ignacio Quintana, Osneil A Miranda, and Maria Juliet Arias were charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

5522 Place Lake Drive, Portofino Shores: Detectives seized 30 marijuana plants growing in the garage of the home. Marijuana growing equipment and paraphernalia were also seized at the home. Though there are no charges at this time, the investigation into this home is continuing. * * *

 


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