A Gateway man is facing several drug charges after deputies discovered a marijuana grow house in a south Fort Myers Storage unit. Brian D. Rippl is facing charges of trafficking in marijuana 25 pounds or more, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cultivation of marijuana. On Thursday, March 1, 2012, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a detective assigned to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Unit followed up on an anonymous tip regarding an indoor marijuana cultivation operation occurring in a storage unit at Warehouse City located at 2024 Beacon Manor Drive, Fort Myers.
While conducting the investigation, the detective’s assigned K-9 partner was alerted to the presence of narcotics coming from inside the unit. While the detective was preparing a search warrant, the suspect arrived on scene and removed two garbage bags from the unit. Narcotics detectives were assisting in the investigation and observed the suspect leaving. A traffic stop was conducted and the garbage bags were found to contain approximately 49.2 pounds of marijuana. Detectives executed the search warrant and a fully operational hydroponic indoor marijuana grow operation was discovered. The recovered marijuana has an estimated street value of $250,000.
via : News-press
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