A 57-year-old Miami man was arrested Tuesday after Collier County sheriff’s deputies found a grow house containing marijuana worth an estimated quarter-million dollars in Golden Gate Estates.
Fernando Lopez Guardado is the accused caretaker of the grow house, Sheriff’s Office officials said. He was taken to the Naples Jail Center, where he faces charges of marijuana trafficking and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
Acting on a search warrant, detectives went into a house at 2520 Desoto Blvd. around 7 a.m., finding 69 marijuana plants in a bedroom, reports said. A scale and 68 grams of marijuana were found in the kitchen and a loaded shotgun and a loaded 9mm assault rifle were found elsewhere in the house, authorities said.
In the backyard, detectives found a building with 18 more marijuana plants, high-intensity light bulbs, transformers, Mylar insulation and high-grade fertilizers, reports said.
In all, the marijuana plants were valued at $261,000 and the indoor grow equipment at about $20,000, according to authorities. Guardado was arrested after he was found in the master bedroom, they said.