Published: Sep 15, 2010 3:07 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 15, 2010 12:07 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has arrested three people in Lehigh Acres in connection with a grow house operation.

On September 14, 2010, while following up on a tip, detectives with the Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop on a truck pulling a trailer. During the traffic stop, deputies located numerous items utilized to cultivate marijuana inside the trailer. These items included light hoods for high voltage light bulbs, high powered light bulbs, fans, electrical ballast utilized to supply an additional power source to a residence, potting soil, and foam cubed blocks utilized for immature plants without a root system.

The investigation led deputies to 3813 6th Street SW, Lehigh Acres. At the home, detectives were able to recognize indicators of a possible marijuana cultivation operation including alterations to the electrical mast. Detectives attempted to make contact with the owner. When the resident exited the home detectives were hit with an overwhelming smell of marijuana. A search warrant was obtained and a large marijuana cultivation operation was located in a bedroom within the residence.

Detectives seized 25 plants weighing 159 lbs. and valued at approximately $75,000. Ten high voltage light bulbs were also taken into evidence. Detectives have impounded the Ford F-250 Diesel 4x4 and the 18ft. enclosed trailer and will pursue forfeiture proceedings on both.

Those arrested and their charges are as follows:

Roberto Cardoso (DOB 01/02/50) Miami

Possession of equipment used to manufacture marijuana

Amaury Heirro-Fernandez (DOB 09/29/74) Lehigh Acres

Marijuana cultivation

Trafficking in marijuana

Possession of equipment used to manufacture marijuana

Jose Yasmany Marquez Herenandez (DOB 09//12/87) Lehigh Acres

Marijuana cultivation

Trafficking in marijuana

Possession of equipment used to manufacture marijuana