LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Members of the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit and Bravo S.E.T. converged on a home at 704 Fargo Drive, Lehigh Acres at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday. A search warrant was served after information was developed that the residence was being used to cultivate marijuana. No one was home at the time of the raid, however, a grow operation was uncovered.
A total of 73 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $146,000 were seized. The associated lighting and equipment were also confiscated as a result of the investigation.
A second grow house was identified and units arrived at 122 Teakwood Drive, also in Lehigh Acres, around 12:30 a.m. One man could be seen inside the home. Attempts to get the occupant to answer the door or respond were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, detectives could smell and observe indicators the house was being used to cultivate marijuana. A search warrant was obtained. Due to the nature of the circumstances, the Sheriff's Office Special Operations Unit (S.W.A.T. team) responded to the scene to assist in serving the warrant and safely extricate any occupant(s). Despite verbal orders, via loudspeaker, no one would come outside or acknowledge the presence of the assembled deputies.
Members of the Special Operations Unit entered the home, located two individuals and secured them without further incident shortly before 5:00 a.m. The investigation culminated with the discovery of 25 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $50,000.00 dollars. Lights, electrical ballasts, fans and an irrigation system were located in the garage and dismantled.
The two men are identified and charged as follows: Carlos Alberto Suarez, 28, of 122 Teakwood Drive, Lehigh Acres, 1 count each of marijuana cultivation; trafficking in marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alain Jose Fuentes-Sanchez, 35, of 122 Teakwood Drive, Lehigh Acres, Florida 1 count each of marijuana cultivation; trafficking in marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The accused will be booked into the Lee County Jail.