Cape Coral police took down a marijuana grow house in a NE Cape Coral neighborhood on Wednesday, allegedly seizing more than 57 pounds of raw marijuana and $13,000 in cash.
Police responded to the residence after LCEC personnel discovered that electrical power was being illegally diverted to the residence.
As officers stepped onto the premises, they claim they could smell the odor of raw marijuana coming from the front of the house.
Detectives executed a search warrant and notified the resident inside the home.
Detectives allegedly uncovered a fully operational grow house inside the home.
A total of 57.3 pounds of cannabis was seized along with $13,000 in US currency, according to reports.
The investigation revealed that a woman rented the home for the explicit purpose of cultivating cannabis and was paid by a 3rd party to maintain the crop, according to police.
The woman was arrested on multiple charges and transported to the Lee County Jail.
Even though marijuana has been legalized in many states, the state of Florida still criminalizes the possession of this popular recreational drug. The state of Florida has some of the toughest marijuana laws in the country, and anyone convicted of a marijuana-related offense can face jail or prison time, extensive fines and other consequences such as a driver’s license suspension. Florida’s marijuana laws are harsh, which is why you cannot take these charges lightly. You need the help of a criminal defense lawyer to fight aggressively for a positive outcome.
It is considered a third-degree felony in the Sunshine State for any person to own, rent or lease a property for the purpose of cultivating, manufacturing or trafficking a controlled substance, like marijuana, with the intentions of selling or distributing the drugs to others. A violation of this law can result in five years in state prison and a fine up to $5,000. Possessing 25 or more cannabis plants in Florida means that you can be charged with selling or distributing marijuana.
Regardless of the circumstances leading up to your arrest for marijuana-related charges, you must act fast and protect yourself as soon after your arrest as possible. A Lee County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can get involved in your case early on and help you gather crucial evidence that can assist with your defense. Take the first step in safeguarding your future and call us today at 866-608-5529 for a free consultation.