Grow house bust nets $1.2 million in marijuana

Lazaro Cordero-Becerra, 46


Lazaro Cordero-Becerra, 46

Collier County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and detectives descended on a house in Golden Gate Estates on Wednesday morning and found more than $1 million worth of marijuana.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lazaro Cordero-Becerra, 46, at his house on the 900 block of Honeybee Drive, after police discovered 424 marijuana plants

with an estimated street value of $1.27 million amidst two indoor grow facilities on the property. Cordero-Becerra has been charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

In a press release from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, officials said Wednesday’s drug bust was one of the largest pot production operations seized by police in county history.

In addition to the two indoor grow operations, one on the first floor of the residence, the other inside a travel camper parked in the back yard, authorities found a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition. Their search also turned up high-intensity light bulbs, fertilizer, power transformers, buckets, pots and other equipment used to grow marijuana ‑ all worth an estimated $20,000.

Cordera-Becerra, who is being held at the Collier County jail, was also arrested in 2008 and charged with marijuana trafficking by the Miami-Dade Police Department.

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