LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies busted a grow house and arrested one man after an anonymous tip to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.
Yesterday evening, detectives concluded an investigation into a man suspected of growing large amounts of marijuana on the 10000 block of Angus Lane. This house is in a rural area of Lee County, complete with livestock within a fenced in compound. According to a tipster, a man, later identified as 46-year-old Jesus Ramos Perez, had over 100 pounds of marijuana stored within a barn on the property.
Detectives watched the property and eventually located Ramos Perez leaving the property in his vehicle. Detectives were able to make a traffic stop on I-75, near Bayshore Road, on his vehicle. During the encounter, a K-9 was utilized, which led to the discovery of an illegal, sawed-off, loaded shotgun hidden inside of clothing within reach of the driver.
A search of the residence led to the discovery of 155 mature marijuana plants being cultivated inside rooms, complete with artificial light and irrigation, all manufactured within the barn. The plants weighed over 320 pounds and were in advanced stages of budding. The marijuana had a street value of $450,000. Detectives also found additional ammunition for the firearm that was found on Ramos Perez.
Ramos Perez was charged with trafficking in marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, owning a structure used to traffic narcotics, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and carrying a concealed firearm.
This was the second large-scale marijuana grow operation discovered within two weeks as a result of a tip called in to Crime Stoppers.