Approximately 200 plants were discovered in a two-story house at 241 Longview Drive, and authorities say that the operation could be valued in the quarter-million dollar range.
“The plants are worth roughly $1,200 each and there are approximately 200 in the house,” said Patrick Boyle, in-terim commander of the Task Force. “That’s $240,000 right there. … Then you figure in the lights, timers, the ventila-tion system, and so on, and you’re looking at nearly a quarter-million dollars in this operation. It’s one of the big-gest indoor growths we’ve seen around here in a long time.”
The plants were discovered in various maturity stages throughout the home — in bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, and the basement.
“The suspects were clipping plants in the living room when officers came in,” Doyle said.
During the bust, Benjamin Valdes, 30, Juan Carlos Valladares, 30, and Felix Valdes Jr., 31, were taken into cus-tody after officers raided the home.
According to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, all three men face charges of possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.
“It is a very elaborate and sophisticated operation,” Wilson said.
The three suspects are scheduled to appear before a Walker County Magistrate judge on Tuesday, April 3, at 3 p.m.