Detectives of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office shut down a thriving marijuana “grow house” late Wednesday afternoon that was capable of generating more than $1.6 million worth of contraband a year, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“We charged the three men who operated the grow house with cultivation, trafficking and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute,” Sheriff Mascara said. “The grow house was located at 7301 James Road in the residential subdivision of Lakewood Park, north of Fort Pierce.”
The Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division developed information that led to a search warrant served at the home Wednesday afternoon.
Deputies seized 420 marijuana plants at the home which had been remodeled to accommodate high-intensity “grow lights” in rooms papered with heavy aluminum sheeting to further intensify the growing capability of the plants. A sophisticated system of tubes fed the plants water and nutrients around the clock.
“Drug traffickers no longer cultivate potent marijuana plans outdoors,” the Sheriff said. “Instead, they do so in grow houses in single-family residential neighborhoods where the dealers try to blend in with the population. I am committed to going after drug dealers using grow houses throughout our county to traffic in illegal drugs.”