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Thermal Imaging by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Helicopters to Bust Suspected Marijuana Grow Houses on the Rise

Thermal Imaging by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Helicopters to Bust Suspected Marijuana Grow Houses on the Rise

As a practicing Palm Beach County Criminal lawyer, I have the opportunity to read search warrant affidavits on a regular basis. Recently, some affidavits that I have read, show an increase use of thermal imaging, by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s helicopters, to detect suspected marijuana grow houses. The use of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s helicopter can view the home through a thermal imager, a passive, non-intrusive device that measures heat in the infrared range. A thermal imager detects minute differences in temperature on the surface of objects and displays that information visually. The deputy sheriff can then determine though their training and expertise, whether or not the residency is emitting an inordinate amount of heat through its roof, floors or walls; with this information they can conclude that… […]

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Marijuana Grow House Found In West Palm Beach

Marijuana Grow House Found In West Palm Beach

A 32-year-old suburban West Palm Beach man is being accused of turning his home into a marijuana-manufacturing plant after authorities found almost 30 plants growing in three separate rooms. Alexei Garcia was arrested Friday on charges of manufacturing cannabis, trafficking in cannabis and possession of a dwelling to manufacture controlled substances. He was released Saturday after posting a $13,000 bond. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s SWAT team executed a search warrant Friday at Garcia’s home in suburban West Palm Beach on Carambola Road north of Forest Hill Boulevard. Upon arriving at the home investigators noticed a “profuse odor or cannabis” outside, according to a sheriff’s probable cause affidavit. Investigators said that the home was “substantially and intentionally” modified into an indoor pot-manufacturing lab. Eighteen other plants and seven pounds of… […]

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Jupiter Man Arrested On Charges Of Operating Grow House

Jupiter Man Arrested On Charges Of Operating Grow House

Lapsley, 33, was charged with one count each of trafficking in cannabis and possession of cannabis over 20 grams. He was booked in the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday and released Thursday on $18,000 bond. Sheriff’s narcotics agents found about 78 pounds of cannabis inside the home, according to an arrest report. The agents obtained a search warrant on Tuesday and conducted surveillance outside the home the following morning. The agents continued watch through the afternoon, when Lapsley went to his car and backed out of the driveway, the report said. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and detained Lapsley while other agents executed the search warrant at his home. According to the report, the northeast bedroom had been converted into a grow room containing 45 small cannabis plants. The room… […]

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Marijuana Grow House Found in St. Lucie Home

Marijuana Grow House Found in St. Lucie Home

Marijuana grow houses are becoming extremely popular in the state of Florida. Marijuana grow houses can be anything from garages, to abandoned trailers, to old houses and sheds. These structures are fortified to facilitate the growth of Marijuana and preparation for sale and distribution. If you have been charged with growing Marijuana, you may face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years and a felony criminal record. Marijuana Grow House in St. Lucie County A 54-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office investigators found about 200 marijuana plants at a “grow house” in northern St. Lucie County, according to an article in WPTV News. David Paul Sullivan was arrested on felony charges including cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana, and a misdemeanor charge of… […]

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Why Marijuana Grow Houses are Easy to Find

Why Marijuana Grow Houses are Easy to Find

According to an article in WPTV News, a marijuana grow house was busted on Wednesday after police accidentally stumbled upon it. Usually, grow houses are caught and found through informants, anonymous tipsters, or sting operations. This one however, the police sniffed their way into. The Crime According to the article, two uniformed officers patrolling the Pelican Pointe town home got a whiff of marijuana near the pool area. They followed their noses and saw Jesse Duncans, 26, smoking marijuana in the rear patio of a town house. Several plants were growing in pots on a table right next to him out in the open. The officers promptly approached Duncans and identified themselves. He immediately bolted inside with a handful of marijuana in his hands. The police chased him fearing he… […]

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How Police Find Marijuana Grow Houses

How Police Find Marijuana Grow Houses

A marijuana grow house is a home, warehouse or garage that is used for the production of marijuana and is usually located in a suburban residential neighborhood. The houses are typically outfitted with sophisticated hydroponic equipment to provide water, food and light for the plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water without soil. The houses themselves are kept in good condition so that they blend in with the neighborhood. Illegal electrical hookups are a common feature of grow houses. They save money and make it harder for authorities to identify them due to a spike in electrical usage Marijuana Grow House Found by Accident An article was published in WPTV News on Tuesday reporting the accidental seizure of a marijuana grow house. Two Palm Beach County Sheriff’s… […]

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What To Do After You’re Arrested For Growing Marijuana

What To Do After You’re Arrested For Growing Marijuana

According to WPTV News, another marijuana grow house has been found here in South Florida. Now that the cocaine boom of the past couple decades is dying down, marijuana grow houses are becoming one of the most popular form of drug cultivation and trafficking throughout South Florida. Recently, a Boynton Beach man was caught via a traffic violation. Police found several marijuana plants in the trunk of his car. Later, when Boynton Beach Police searched the home of Jerome Hal Albanese, 48, they found more than 300 additional plants at a street value of over half a million dollars. They also found handguns, rifles, and about $60,000 in cash. The grow house was set up with an elaborate system that allowed Albanese to grow and produce about 300 plants every… […]

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What Happens if I’m Charged with Growing Marijuana?

What Happens if I’m Charged with Growing Marijuana?

According to Diana Moskovitz of the Miami Herald, almost 50 marijuana grow houses were shut down all across Miami-Dade County in mid-June. By initiative of the federal government’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, officers on a one-day sweep seized more than 2,300 marijuana plants, $9,500 in cash, 126 Oxycodone pills, 11 grams of cocaine, seven firearms and one Audi, according to Miami-Dade police. After shutting down 49 hydroponic labs and making 42 arrests, the street value of the confiscated marijuana amounted to $9.4 million, police said. Another grow house was found and shut down in Vero Beach. This one housed 220 plants that had a street value of $2.4 million, only one person was arrested. Everyone arrested will be charged with marijuana-related offenses including cultivation of the plants, drug… […]

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