FORT MYERS, Fla. - Police swarmed a quiet Fort Myers neighborhood Wednesday morning after a routine probation check turned into a drug bust. Officers made two drug arrests after finding a pot plant growing on the back patio of the home on Arlington Street.
Children were inside the home at the time and neighbors say they were relieved to see police responding to their concerns.
Alex Dean has lived in the neighborhood for nearly ten years and says there's been suspicious activity on the street ever since the suspects moved in.
"For about four to six months we had one particular house, 3934 Arlington Street, where we'd see ten, twelve, fifteen cars pull up for 30 seconds. Basically shake hands with the owner and leave," Dead said, "We've also started seeing noticing break-ins, in the entire neighborhood as well as different prowlers checking doors and windows and things like that to see what might be available."
Corey Whittaker says he was staying at the home when officers arrested two of his roommates, Christina Mielnicki and Brian Barton on parole violations. Police say they found a marijuana plant along with drug paraphernalia, including rolling papers, a pipe and a scale covered in cocaine residue.
"I don't even know what she went to jail for, I just woke up to the kids crying," said Whittaker.
The Department of Children and Families took custody of the children.