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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Some of the 184 marijuana plants seized at a sophisticated grow house west of Port St. Lucie
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