CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- "This is an episode of Cops. I can't believe this was happening!" said Nick Bolek. He saw Cape Coral officers take down a man suspected of growing marijuana inside his home.
Police say it's more than a million dollars worth of pot, and call it an elaborate grow house operation at the home on 1206 NE 8th Place.
Nick Bolek's quiet night visitng a friend tured into one he'll never forget. "I was sitting in the room last night, head a couple voices so I looked out the window, saw a few cops running through the yard," he explained. "They were yellling 'get out of the car, get out of the car!' I could hear them yelling banging on doors."
Yoel Trimino is accused of growing hundreds of pounds of marijuana in what's being called the biggest bust in recent city history. Police found plants growing 6 feet tall, diverted electricity, and a house with false walls.
"I'm shocked. I've met the people, they seem like a typical family. they had small children a dog and a cat," said neighbor Jim Weden.
Police didn't find any children inside, although WINK News cameras found children's stickers by the front door laying next to marijuana leaves.
The search warrant revealed a substantial, high tech marijuana grow operation. Elaborate lights, watering systems, temperature controls, and wiring setups, along with mylar-insulated rooms were found.
Cape Coral Police Detectives seized a total of 60 plants and harvested marijuana buds, with a goal weight of 436.3 pounds and street value of over $1 million dollars.
"This is another example of the outstanding work that the men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department do each day. I'm proud that our Officers and Detectives were able to work quickly and safely to take down one of the largest single grow house operations ever located in Cape Coral without incident and with minimal disruption to the good law-abiding citizens in the area."said Bart Connelly, Chief of Police.