Detectives Discover Marijuana Grow Operation


Green Cove Springs, Fla. July 26 – A tip led to the arrest of a man with a marijuana grow operation. Narcotics detectives with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Esmel Diego and charged him with trafficking marijuana.

As detectives walked up to Diego’s home in Middleburg (3062 Hidden Oaks Dr.) yesterday, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana. They tried to make contact with him. Diego exited the back of the home and attempted to flee. The narcotics team apprehended him.

Detectives found a large marijuana grow operation in the residence. They seized 96 marijuana plants with a total weight of 223.70 pounds. The estimated street value is $250,000.

Chris Padget