|Published:||Jan 02, 2014 11:40 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 02, 2014 5:11 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff's Office has finally filled us in on what's been going on in the San Carlos Park neighborhood, where they've been investigating for the past few days.
Ryan Carroll, James Allen and Benjamin Smith have all been arrested for allegedly a manufacturing and distribution operation of the synthetic marijuana known as “Spice”.
During the investigation, deputies responded to 17363 Meadow Lake Circle where they discovered the renters of the home had transformed the garage into an elaborate manufacturing facility of Spice. Inside the home, detectives discovered large rubber bins containing by-products of the substance, shelves full of containers with thousands of packages of finished product and hundreds of uncashed money orders totaling thousands of dollars. Additionally, within the home several key indicators implicated the suspects were also involved in a large scale distribution of the illegal substance across the country.
Detectives discovered two additional addresses used for the operation in Fort Myers; 17480 Ellie Drive and 8441 Bahamas Road. These locations served as additional manufacturing and storage locations.
Ironically, Ryan Lee Carroll was a contest winner for the hit TV series “Breaking Bad”; a show about a chemistry teacher turned drug dealer.
As a result of the investigation, over 700 pounds of 79,000 individually packaged packets of synthetic marijuana have been seized with an estimated street value of approximately $1.25 million. The investigation has put a large dent in the availability of “Spice” nationally.
Sheriff Scott says, “We are starting the year with an aggressive approach at combating illicit drugs in our community. It is concerning and we will not tolerate it.”
Click here to see what deputies seized.