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Two big pot busts in Golden Gate Estates

Two big pot busts in Golden Gate Estates

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED May 30, 2013

GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. - Collier County detectives uncovered two indoor marijuana grow operations involving more than $500,000 in pot this week.

The operation was discovered during a search warrants served at 2770 Desoto Boulevard S. on Tuesday and at 4019 22nd Ave. N.E on Wednesday in Golden Gate Estates. The searches turned up a combined total of 176 plants with an estimated total street value of $528,000.

Tuesday's search on Desoto Boulevard S. uncovered a large metal structure behind the residence that contained a sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operation.  The structure yielded 95 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $285,000.

Detectives also found equipment used to grow marijuana such as high-intensity light bulbs, pots, cooling units, Mylar insulation, high-power transformers and high-grade fertilizer. The equipment had an estimated value of $30,000.

No one was home at the time of the search warrant.

Wednesday's search on 22nd Ave. N.E. uncovered a large metal garage-type structure behind the main residence that appeared to have housed a marijuana grow operation that had recently been dismantled.

Detectives found equipment used to grow marijuana such as light hoods Mylar insulation, high-intensity light-bulbs, and high-grade fertilizer.

Detectives also noticed that the dirt behind the metal structure had been disturbed. Upon further investigation, they discovered 81 marijuana plants that had been recently buried in the dirt. The plants had an estimated street value of $243,000.

Two firearms and a sophisticated surveillance system were also discovered in the residence. Nobody was inside.