On July 10, 2013, at approximately 2:17 pm, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit advised ground patrol of a possible marijuana cultivation operation. Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene near the intersection of Cedar Oak Drive and Pine Oak Circle in the Forest Lake gated community in Fort Myers.
Upon arrival, aviation units guided deputies to the northeast corner of the lake located at the southeast corner of the complex. Deputies located 11 marijuana plants ranging in size from approximately 16 inches to 3 feet tall. The marijuana plants were collected and taken to be destroyed.
The total package weight of the plants was 6.6 pounds and the approximate street value was $11,000.
Photos of the operation are attached.
Anyone who may know who is responsible for trying to cultivate the illegal product in such a manner or have other information regarding this or other felony crimes is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (239) 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477). Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the Tip Submit app on any iPhone or by texting a tip to CRIMES(234637) Keyword: REWARD.