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 July 24th, 2013  
Multi-agency operation results in the seizure of major marijuana grow operation
 
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Port St. Lucie  Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration conducted an  investigation into an alleged marijuana grow operation at 15386 Navion Drive.  The  residential address is located in unincorporated St. Lucie County within the  Treasure Coast Air Park.

According to Sheriff Ken Mascara, Investigators received an anonymous tip about the  possibility of marijuana being grown at the Navion Drive address.  A month-long  investigation produced enough evidence for probable cause for a search warrant of  the property.  The warrant was served yesterday afternoon.

Investigators discovered a detached garage that had been converted into a massive  marijuana grow house, complete with elaborate lighting and air circulation systems.   In addition, they also found a utility trailer also converted into a grow room and  another utility trailer set up to dry and process the marijuana for sale.

Seized was 184 marijuana plants, twenty pounds of packaged marijuana, over three  pounds of hashish and $804.00 cash.  Sheriff Mascara said, "The street value of the  drugs seized is estimated to be in excess of one million dollars."  The operation  consistently yielded 5-8 pounds of marijuana per month.  "Collaboration between  local and federal agencies is critical to successfully investigating and  prosecuting cases of this magnitude", Sheriff Mascara said.

Arrested was Murray Ronald Chinners, dob 10-21-1960.  He was charged with  Trafficking Marijuana in excess of 25 lbs, Producing Marijuana, Possession of  Marijuana with Intent to Sell and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Chinners  posted a $90,750 bond.

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