Homicide victim found in marijuana grow house

June 15th, 2011 by Staff

LEE COUNTY, FL - While investigating the death of Ariel Desada Sunday, Cape Coral Police discovered an active marijuana growing operation in the home where the victim’s body was found.

Police were called to 427 NW 10th Street for a death investigation. Inside the home, they found the body of Ariel Desada.

Police also found a marijuana cultivation operation in four rooms of the house.

Police seized 82 marijuana plants with a pre packaged weight of 44.05 pounds and 14 food saver bags each containing marijuana buds with a prepackaged weight of 13.35 pounds.

“I can’t believe it. I’m actually shocked,” said neighbor Hugo Fontalvo. “I never thought that they’d have like a drug house there. It’s crazy!”

In addition to the marijuana, police seized drug paraphernalia including 113 large buckets, 25 light hoods, 22 ballasts, 10 fertilizer jugs and 24 1,000 watt light bulbs, according to reports.

Desada’s ex-wife, Alina Valdes Martinez, told police she knew Desada was operating a grow house and that he kept her informed of the specifics of his operation.

Martinez told police Desada told her someone was going to pick up 14 pounds of marijuana on Sunday and was going to transport it to Miami.

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She said Desada owed $10,000 of drug money to someone who lived in Miami.

During the death investigation, police spoke with Martinez’s 16-year-old. The teen told Cape Coral Police that during the weekend of June 10-12, Martinez helped Desada harvest the marijuana, reports said.

Martinez was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana.


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