CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police Detectives seized more than 57 pounds of raw marijuana and $13,000 in cash yesterday from a grow house at 4114 East Gator Circle - minutes from Island Coast High School.

WINK News is learning the grow house operation is taking money out of your wallet.


When police arrived, they found more than 57 pounds of pot worth about $150,000. The sign outside says 'home sweet home' but inside Cape Coral Police say they found a massive marijuana operation, more than 57 pounds of pot and $13,000 in cash.

According to the police report, the woman inside, Luisa Bado originally told officers, "Yes you can come in, there is nothing illegal inside."


An LCEC employee checking meters discovered someone was diverting power to the home. Something that's not only illegal but dangerous. 


"Any normal person tampering with their meter, it could injure them or even kill them," said LCEC spokeswoman Karen Ryan. WINK News found out, it also costs you! "All customers share in the costs, so anytime someones stealing electricity, that cost is passed on to other customers."


Inside police found garbage bags containing marijuana, high-power light bulbs, fans and a humidifier. According to the police report the den of the home was transformed into a marijuana drying room with clippings hanging from twine on the walls.     

The home sits minutes from Island Coast High School. Parents have mixed reactions about a drug home being found so close. 


"It's going to happen regardless of where its at regardless if its near a school or not," said one parent.   

 "Your kids are going to the school. You don't want that around here," said another. 


Police believe the home was rented for the specific purpose of becoming a grow house. They are now investigating to see if it's related to any other operation.