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156 pounds of marijuana seized In Cape Coral

Posted at 7:01 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 07:31:22-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Mangled blinds on the grass, blue gloves and a gaping hole in the window provide a peek inside a Cape Coral home where Cape Police found 156 pounds of marijuana.

Yosvany Sanchez and Katia Ruiz were arrested after the SWAT team went in. Ruiz put up a fight, hiding in the attic before cops detained her.

"I would always see someone there once a week maybe or so I kind of knew something was going on," said Mike Derring, who lives several houses down from the home located on NW 33rd Terrace, off Santa Barbara Boulevard.

Also living next door, a retired police officer, whose companion is a drug sniffing dog. He could still smell the weed. "I just give him the command and his command is 'gifty' and he knows he's working and he's going to look for the 'gifty' and when he finds 'gifty', he sits and he gets his reward."

Theres no reward for Tamara Howell, whose been victimized in her neighborhood once. "When we first moved in, in august or July, this car was broken into," Howell says. She isn't pleased to know about the illegal drugs found minutes from her home. "Really upset. I want to see more Police out here."

So I went to the Cape Coral Police Department to find out what safety risks neighbors in homes with grow houses face. "These people who are growing these plants very often are willing to protect their harvest with lethal force," Sergeant Dana Coston says.