One man was arrested and more than 140 marijuana plants were seized from a home in Port. St. Lucie on Saturday by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
Julio Cesar Hernandez Garcia, 29, faces charges of trafficking and cultivating marijuana, and was booked into jail Saturday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office.
The 147 plants found in the home on 5200 block of Northwest East Piper Circle, are estimated to be worth more than $585,000, according to investigators.
Three of the bedrooms in the home were turned into cultivation rooms for the plants to grow and a bathroom was made into a climate and moisture control room.
The grow house was found by information from undercover detectives and then a search warrant was obtained, Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement.
“In the end, an elaborate marijuana grow operation was shut down, removing this type of criminal element from our community,” he said.
Mascara also said because of the amount of energy needed to produce the plants, there’s always the concern of a fire breaking out from overloaded outlets.
“Operations such as this reduce property values and spawn additional criminal activities making neighborhoods unsafe,” Mascara said.