Cape police take down 2 more grow houses

CREATED Oct 31, 2013

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CAPE CORAL, Fla - A Tuesday grow house bust in north Cape Coral led to the discovery of two more marijuana grow operations in the city.

Cape Coral police used information gathered from the original bust at NE 22nd Place to locate to more grow houses in the 1600 block of NW 8th Place and in the 1700 block of W 3rd Avenue.

Officers served warrants on both locations and found each unoccupied and completely converted into high-tech greenhouses for the purpose of cultivating marijuana.  

Between the two locations, Cape Coral Police seized over 300 plants weighing almost 900 lbs., with a street value of almost $1 million dollars.

Shortly after midnight, 39-year-old Jair Baluja-Martinez, who was arrested on Tuesday for the first grow house operation, was found and re-arrested by Cape police.

'The Cape Coral Police Department is proud of the tenacity displayed by our VIN Unit  Detectives whose persistence led to the discovery of these additional grow house operations. Their work and the team effort by Cape Coral Police Department SCU and SWAT led to quick and safe execution of the warrants and the removal of this element from our community."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.