[UPDATE] Elaborate Pot Grow House Exposed

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

UPDATE 11/10, 11:48 a.m. --

Gilberto Martinez, 46, and his wife Carol Fernandez, 44, both of Coral Gables, are charged with trafficking and manufacturing marijuana, said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

They're behind bars at the Lowndes County jail.

Bond has not been set yet.

A 3,500 square foot marijuana grow house has deputies investigating a sophisticated drug operation on the 700 block of Howell Road, according to Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

"It's a scary thought that people around here are growing marijuana to sell and they knew it's illegal," said neighbor Linda Martin, who lives up the street.

In the seven rooms that make-up the house, investigators uncovered an entire harvest.

They seized nearly 900 pot plants and 56 pounds of dried weed, including Columbian Red, one of the most sought-after varieties.

As drug agents toured the grow house, they explained how the plumbing system and lights were set-up to support upwards of $10 million in marijuana.

Even geese were kept as an alarm system to alert the suspected drug dealers to intruders.

Deputies say a husband and wife, whose names have not been released, were arrested Monday night.

They maintained the home to harvest these plants and stole electricity to pump water into the grow house.

"We're still working on this case," said Prine. "We're following leads that of course finger prints and other evidence that's in the home trying to trace exactly where it came from."

Neighbors say it's disturbing how accessible drugs are.

"If it's growing right here that means it's available for sale," said neighbor
Tomas Malcolm, who lives down the road. "You know, there's a demand for it. So, if it's running that rampant, this close, then you know, there's a market for it."

"No wonder kids these days are having such a hard time when there's people in their homes, right here next door us us, you might as well say, selling this stuff!," said Martin.

Investigators say the two suspects are being held at the Lowndes County jail.

They face drug trafficking and manufacturing charges.

More arrests are expected.

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  • by America's is going bankrupt. on Nov 11, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    We do not have the money to continue to fund local law enoforcements war on drugs. local community's are broke. A big part of thier funding goes to Law enforcement. And it not working. The drug industry is growing evry year for one reason because it is very profitable. There is a cheeper and more effective way to fight this war. Destoy the drugs dealers profit. If you allow people to produce their "own" pot the sale of pot goes down significantly. The drug dealers start loosing thier businesses. And the comunitiess start seeing a rise in thier available funding because they no longer have to fund this war on drugs. That is a win win situation. The only ones that loose are the drug dealers and that is a good thing for your children.
  • by what do you think Location: usa on Nov 11, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    that just makes it easier for citizens to loose more rights. maby we should pass laws to have our homes checked 3 0r 4 times a year.
  • by Jami on Nov 11, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    It is not just the Mexican people that our funding thier wars using money they recieved from the sale of pot. It done in the Eastern part of the world as well. It so easy to stop all these wars. Just stop giving them thier funding. People would stop buying pot if you aloud them to produce thier own and Made it act of treason if they got caught trying to sell it or buy it. The soloution is that simple.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    People need to realize that the government doesn't want to put Mexican drug cartels out of business- they want to put Americans out of business. That's why the government permits 80% of the drugs to pass our borders while arresting our own citizens for using them. The war on drugs- "amnesty for illegal immigrant drug trafficers, jail time for Americans that use said drugs". It's not hard to figure out.
  • by Common cents on Nov 11, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    War is so easy to end, just cut off the enemy's funding. I don't know why you all don't see that.
  • by Common Cents$$$ on Nov 11, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    I am not for anybody, including the government profiting off the sale of pot. Keep the sale illegal, but allow the user to grow their own. That way the cartels multi million dollar industry will go bankrupt. That is a much more effective solution then what we are doing now.
  • by whitey Location: here on Nov 11, 2010 at 05:57 AM
  • by Siggy on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:29 PM
    ??? you are right. Anonymous is very sick and needs help. The comments he/she posts cries out for attention and affirmation. Most people never understand the difference between mercy and justice. Should the life of Anonymous ever be shown in a movie from birth until the present he/she would probably sing a different tune. Self-centered righteousness is very deceiving and wicked master. Best wishes for Anonymous.
  • by inmployed Location: usa on Nov 10, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    take the agents off the interstate and put them in the back yards of the citizens here in lowndes county. it is more profitable for the law enforsement. you know like buying new cars for the epautys to go to sonneysand eat bbq. and leave the cars running so they can have a cool ride when they get finished stuffing.
  • by ??? on Nov 10, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    Gee whiz Anonymous, get some help. You sound like Hitler, not a free American.
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