JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A marijuana grow house on Jacksonville's Westside was shut down Thursday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after agents found 42 plants and an elaborate operation inside the home.
The plants would be worth about $60,000 at full maturity, police said.
They were found in a home on Spanish Oaks Drive after a tip to the FDLE last month and information from a JEA technician, who found power being diverted at the home last week.
Agents said that when they approached the house, they could smell marijuana emanating from inside and met two men who appeared nervous and claimed they didn’t speak English.
The two men were identified as 33-year-old Yoander Joubert and 42-year-old Rodolfo Perez, and both were charged with cultivating marijuana, which is a third-degree felony.
A Spanish-speaking officer was called to the scene to communicate with the two men, who signed a consent form to allow agents to search the home.
That search turned up dozens of marijuana plants. Agents said the entire home was converted into a marijuana grow house and had extensive damage.
Joubert told investigators he was growing the pot for personal use.
Joubert told police Perez had nothing to do with the marijuana, but police had been watching the place, and had seen Perez’s vehicle there on multiple occasions.