Published: Sep 10, 2010 10:42 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 10, 2010 12:17 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla - Cape Coral Police have shut down a major grow house operation in the Northeast Cape after officers confiscated 35 fully matured marijuana plants found in the garage of the home.  The plants had a prepackaged weight of 156 pounds and a street value of $140,000.

On September 9 at 1:45 p.m., patrol officers with the North District notified detectives with the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit of a possible grow house at 321 NE 29th Street.  Because detectives found indicators that marijuana was being cultivated in the home, Cape Police secured a search warrant for the property.  Based on information provided to police, VIN detectives believed that at least one individual was inside the residence. 

At 6 p.m., detectives attempted to execute the search warrant and could get no response from the occupant after deploying numerous tactics.  As an extra precaution to ensure the safety of the neighbors, Cape Police requested the assistance of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.  LCSO deployed their bomb robot and gained entry through the front door.  After the robot cleared most of the residence, Cape Coral Police officers with the SWAT Unit then entered the home and conducted a thorough sweep, finding no one hiding inside.  The VIN Unit was assisted by the Cape Police SWAT, Street Crimes and K-9 units.