• More than 100 lbs. of marijuana plants found in Orange Co. grow house


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Only WFTV was there as Orange County deputies carried massive marijuana plants out of a home on Trent Street near Colonial Drive and Goldenrod Road.

    Deputies said the plants have a street value of $330,000.

    Some of the plants were nearly 6 feet tall and full of buds.

    Neighbors said the house was never on their radar for anything suspicious.

    “I was sitting on my friend’s porch, and I was seeing cars coming fast and I was telling my friends, ‘Something is going to happen,’” said resident Ada Rivers. “I’m in shock. I mean, I’m really in shock.”

    Investigators said the home was only used to grow marijuana and no one lived in the home.

    “You rarely see traffic coming out that house, it looks like nobody used to live there,” Rivera said.

    A wall in between two rooms was taken out, likely in order to get better circulation so as not to alert anyone, deputies said.

    The Clandestine Laboratory Response team busted the operation.

    The team specializes in searching for secret drug operations.

    The grow house caught the attention of the Orange County Fire Department after undercover agents said the home was so hot from all of the lights used to grow the plants that it could cause a fire.

    Deputies arrested one man they said was part of the operation.

    Authorities said it was the third grow house they busted in the area in the last 24 hours, but they don’t know if they are related to each other.

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