Three people were arrested Thursday in two different grow house busts in Lehigh Acres.
Raul Jose Perez, 33, of the 3700 block of Southwest 32nd Street, was charged with trafficking in marijuana in excess of 25 pounds or 300 plants or more, producing marijuana and possession of drug equipment used to manufacture or deliver drugs.
Gary Lamantia, 54, and Doreen Lamantia, 42, both of the 1400 block of Cleveland Avenue, were each charged with producing marijuana, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug equipment.
The three were arrested at their homes.
According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports:
About 8:30 a.m. Thursday deputies were called to the Lamantia house about a disturbance. A minor said Gary Lamantia approached him at his bus stop and accused him of taking tools and marijuana plants from his property.
Gary Lamantia arrived and, in front of deputies, accused the boy again of stealing tools and marijuana plants. The boy told the deputy he knew there were several plants growing behind the Lamantia house in an open field.
Gary Lamantia signed paperwork allowing deputies to search, but wrote they could only search the yard, not the house. A dead marijuana plant was found in an open fire pit and another plant in the field.
Meantime, Doreen Lamantia stepped out of the house and gave deputies permission to search inside the house. They found six pots containing 47 plants, a dried plant and various other plant clippings. Inside a truck they found more marijuana and rolling papers.
In the other bust, deputies were tipped that someone who lives in the 3700 block of Southwest 32nd Street, was growing marijuana. Deputies went to the house and noticed signs of a possible grow house operation and a canine “alerted” on the front door.
Deputies got a search warrant and found 56 marijuana plants throughout the house. The master bedroom had been converted into a nursery. Deputies also found two passports for Perez and numerous power meter tags for Lee County Electric Cooperative.
While deputies were searching, another deputy saw a truck driven by Perez and stopped him. There was a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun behind the passenger seat and a Cialis pill in his wallet.