COLLIER COUNTY — Collier County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and uncovered 50 marijuana plants valued at $727,000 at a home in Golden Gate Estates.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Bureau executed a narcotics search warrant Wednesday at 2535 29th Ave. N.E. Detectives discovered that a detached garage had been converted into an indoor marijuana grow operation.
In addition to the plants, they discovered grow equipment such as cooling units, transformers and high-intensity lighting. The value of the grow equipment was estimated at $5,000.
A resident of the home, Landy Fernandez, 27, was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of a place used for trafficking a controlled substance and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. A second person in the home at the time the warrant was executed could not be tied to the grow operation and was released.