GOLDEN GATE ESTATES — Collier County sheriff's investigators busted a marijuana growing operation valued at about $1.3 million in Golden Gate Estates, sheriff's officials said.
About 430 marijuana plants, valued at $3,000 each, were seized from a house and stable on Washburn Avenue, located near Interstate 75, about two miles east of the Alligator Alley tollbooth. Nobody was at the residence and no arrests have been made.
Two grow rooms were discovered in the residence and another two were found in a stable behind the house. Eight air conditioners were powering the grow rooms, along with 57 transformers powering 57 high-intensity light bulbs.
Sheriff's officials said the bust is one of the larger marijuana operations in recent years.