Suwannee Democrat


December 13, 2013

Another marijuana grow house busted in Live Oak

Live Oak —

A Live Oak man was arrested and faces multiple drug charges after a marijuana grow house containing 89 plants were discovered in his home Monday, Dec. 9, according to Sheriff Tony Cameron. A juvenile who was involved was turned over to his parents and more arrests are expected. 

According to a SCSO report, on Dec. 9 at approximately 10 a.m., Thomas Warren of the Drug Task Force received information of marijuana possibly being grown in a house in Live Oak. Warren, accompanied by other agencies, went to the residence of Iran Jose Gonzalez, 21, 14094 193rd Rd., Live Oak. 

Warren observed two individuals arrive at this location and entered the residence. A short time later, agents were able to hear sounds coming from the residence as if someone was tearing up the interior of the place. As the two individuals were attempting to leave the property, they were interdicted. Agents were able to see pieces of freshly harvested marijuana on their clothing and arms. Both individuals had a strong odor of fresh marijuana about them. Both had tacky substances on their hands, which is commonly associated with fresh marijuana, according to a report. 

A co-defendant admitted there was marijuana growing in the house. Both gave permission to search the property. A search of the residence revealed 89 marijuana plants ranging in height, grow paraphernalia to include ballast, high pressure sodium light, buckets, soil and assorted fertilizers as well as other grow related items. A power diversion was discovered as well.

Gonzalez was arrested and transported to the Suwannee County Jail. He faces charges of possession of a marijuana grow house, trafficking marijuana, and manufacturing marijuana.

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