Poolside marijuana plants lead to North Naples man’s arrest, $13,500 in pot seized

A 60-year-old man is facing felony charges after detectives discovered a poolside marijuana grow operation at his North Naples residence Wednesday. David Scott Krause, 151 Conners Ave., was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana over 20 grams, both felonies. He was also charged with possession of narcotic paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Detectives with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Bureau conducted a narcotics investigation at Krause’s residence after receiving a tip about a possible marijuana grow operation, according to sheriff’s reports.

Sheriff’s reports gave this account:

Detectives walked up the driveway and immediately smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the garage. One of the garage doors was wide open and detectives could see two marijuana buds that were hanging on a string drying in plain view. Detectives then made contact with Krause’s wife, who gave detectives permission to search the home. Krause arrived at the residence while detectives were there. Detectives found four marijuana plants that were growing in pots by the outdoor pool.

The plants had an estimated street value of $12,000. The search also turned up some more marijuana in a vehicle at the residence, along with 5.9 grams of suspected hashish and six marijuana pipes containing marijuana residue. The additional marijuana had an estimated street value of $1,500. So far this year VNB detectives have shut down six marijuana grow operations in Collier County, making five arrests and uncovering a total of 124 plants with a combined estimated street value of $372,000. Five of the grow operations were inside residences and one, Krause’s residence, was outside.

Detectives have also seized two firearms and $20,500 in U.S. currency in 2012. In 2011, detectives seized a total of 447 marijuana plants with a combined estimated street value of $1.3 million from 14 marijuana grow operations. Nine were indoor grow houses and five were outdoor operations. Children were discovered in two of the indoor grow houses. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents that public awareness about grow houses and tips from citizens have helped deputies make arrests. There are plenty of easy-to-spot indicators that a marijuana grow house may be operating in your neighborhood, including:

* More than one air-conditioning unit in operation * Windows and blinds that are never open * Frequent loading and unloading of equipment, especially at night * Toys as props, but never any children * Gates and “Beware of Dog” signs * Little traffic, except for odd hours, weekends and nights

Anyone who sees suspicious activity and suspects a marijuana grow house operation should call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.775.TIPS, or you can make an anonymous report via the CCSO website and deputies will investigate.

To make an anonymous report, go to http://www..org/, then go to the tab labeled “How Do I?” and click on “Report a grow house or abandoned house.”

via : News-press

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