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Man faces charges after home searched

A so-called "grow house" bust in the Florida city of Cape Coral has resulted in a Feb. 27 seizure of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1 million, authorities said. While neighbors reported that a strange smell emanated from the home, they told a local media outlet that they were surprised to hear that an alleged $1 million marijuana growing operation was active close by.

Cape Coral Police point to evidence that the occupant of a home on NE 8th Place was stealing electricity as providing a break in the case. Marijuana grow houses are often involved in electricity theft, the source noted, to power the lamps and systems needed to grow the plants. A search warrant was obtained, and the significant and "high-tech" operation involving the marijuana was discovered, according to reports. Mylar-insulated rooms with lighting, watering systems, wiring supports and temperature controls were noted and photographed by authorities during the search of the residence.

2 separate drug raids result in arrest of 21 people

The Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team raided a Florida home and took nine people into custody on Feb. 20 after neighbors complained about possible drug activity. The individuals, who ranged in age from 23 to 39 and included both men and women, faced a number of charges, including drug possession, the sale of crack cocaine and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. Active arrest warrants were in place for at least three people, two of whom lived at the residence. Six additional people were detained after they attempted to buy drugs from the other parties.

The search reportedly yielded 16 grams of marijuana, 26 prescription pills, 13 grams of crack cocaine, 6 grams of powder cocaine, three guns and $2,000. Some of the contraband was found in a truck parked at the residence. Authorities further related that two minor children were present in the home; they were turned over to the custody of relatives.

2 Tampa men accused of stealing from construction sites

On Feb. 6, police accused two Tampa men with stealing materials from the contractor they worked for and using those materials to remodel the home of one of the men. The 30-year-old and 25-year-old men both worked for a company that had been subcontracted by KB Homes. According to police, the two men had worked late at construction sites on multiple occasions and had taken items such as granite counter tops, appliances and molding.

Police said that the items had gone missing from construction sites in Gibsonton. Detectives began their investigation on Feb. 5. They said that, on Feb. 6, they found the items installed in the mobile home of the 30-year-old man in Davpam Mobile Home Park. The 25-year-old's home was apparently being used for storage of the items that had been replaced. Police said that the materials were returned to KB Homes.

Police say dead alligators, meth, pot plant found in Florida home

Police recently seized two frozen alligators from a Lake Wales, Florida, home as well as a fish not allowed by law, a marijuana plant and a sizable quantity of methamphetamine. Two men of ages 32 and 29 and a 24-year-old woman in the home were taken into custody. The younger man and the woman were reportedly a couple, but the other man was apparently only visiting them when authorities raided the house.

Sheriff's deputies from Polk County brought the visitor in on charges of methamphetamine possession and drug paraphernalia counts because of items allegedly found on his person at the time of the search warrant's execution. The couple was taken into custody and charged with armed trafficking in methamphetamine, killing or possessing an alligator and negligent child abuse without bodily harm. That last charge was filed because the man and woman had 10-month-old twins in the house where the alleged drug activity went on. Some of the bags of drugs were found to be within reach of the children, an area newspaper reported.

Florida family members arrested in drug bust

After serving a warrant, police have arrested three members of a family living on Stock Island on drug charges. Police from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and several other law enforcement agencies, including the Key West police department and Homeland Security, searched the family's mobile trailers in conjunction with the arrests. They say they found large quantities of a number of drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine and Xanax. During the search, they also say they discovered more than $75,000 in cash and 500 undersized lobster tails.

The cash and illegal drugs were allegedly hidden around the property, and the police spent an extended period of time on the search. Police obtained a warrant for the compound, which consists of two trailers, after one of the men allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover operative. Two of the men were arrested at the compound. The third was found later at an apartment building, and police say he was in possession of several hundred Oxycodone pills at the time.

Police conduct two raids on Florida home

The morning of Jan. 24, police officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Southern Grove Drive in St. Johns County. This raid was the second to occur at the home within one week after neighbors reportedly filed complaints that the residents of the home might be involved in illegal activity. Five individuals now stand accused of committing drug offenses.

Following the raid, police claim to have found an unspecified quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They also claim to have located prescription medication in the possession of individuals who did not immediately produce a prescription.

Man charged for drug possession and trafficking

A 23-year-old Florida man has received several drug charges following a traffic stop in Okeechobee. According to reports, the man was previously convicted of drug possession charges two times in 2012. The latest incident resulted in charges for felony trafficking in methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. The man has been detained at Okeechobee County Jail on $103,000 bond.

According to a report by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, the accused man was stopped while driving westbound along S.R. 78 in a Ford pickup truck. When a detective approached the man's vehicle, the man reportedly appeared to have a fresh needle injection in his arm that was still dripping with blood. The man also is reported to have admitted to driving without a license.

Man accused of large-scale distribution of 'Spice'

A 28-year-old Florida man who had recently won tickets to see the finale of "Breaking Bad" has been accused of drug crimes. On Dec. 31, the man was taken into custody after authorities accused him of distributing synthetic marijuana, also called "Spice," on a large scale. The Lee County Sheriff's Office commented that the arrest would seriously limit the availability of "Spice" within the United States.

After his home was raided, the man was charged with various drug offenses, including synthetic drug possession with intent to sell or manufacture. Authorities report seizing 79,000 individually wrapped packages of "Spice" that are thought to have a combined value of $1.25 million. Thousands of dollars worth of money orders, guns and a souvenir "Breaking Bad" hazmat suit were also found.

Man arrested for shoplifting in Florida

A man from Tampa was arrested for shoplifting from the Punta Gorda Walmart Super Center. He is suspected of taking close to $1,000 of flash drives and other items.

An employee said that he had seen the man put many items, including Gillette razor cartridges, in a shopping cart. While moving through the store, the employee contended, the man took the items from the cart and placed them underneath his clothing.

Florida youth coach facing drug charges

A Florida youth football coach is facing serious charges after being caught with marijuana. The 33-year-old man was taken into custody on Dec. 19 and is now facing drug charges. Police in Tampa say they intercepted a package containing approximately 6 pounds of marijuana intended for the suspect, who lives in the 3000 block of 38th street in the Leigh Acres.

Detectives in the area reportedly set up in the area of the home prior to the arrest in preparation for their operation when they observed a vehicle moving in a suspicious manner. The vehicle, which police say was driven by the suspect, allegedly departed the area very quickly and went through an intersection without stopping.

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