Investigators raid, dismantle marijuana grow house on Westside

By Vic Micolucci, General assignment reporter, vic@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:06:18 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2014 07:15:10 PM EDT

A massive marijuana bust on the Westside. Federal agents seize dozens of pot plants that were inside a home near Chaffee Road and Normandy Boulevard.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Drug investigators raided and dismantled a marijuana grow operation at a Westside home Tuesday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration arrived at the home at 11407 Emma Oaks Lane in the Adams Lake neighborhood off Normandy Boulevard near Chaffee Road just before 11 a.m.

IMAGES: Marijuana grow house dismantled

Several agents removed plants and other evidence and arrested 31-year-old Zeydel Perdigon (pictured below on left) and 32-year-old Melissa Cruz (pictured below on right).

"There are cars everywhere, news vans, people out in the middle the road," neighbor Wayne Lowry said. "You just don't see that every day."

Neighbors said the people who lived in the home rented it and were very quiet. They said the homeowner is in the Navy and stationed elsewhere, and he had a rental management company rent the property out.Zeydel Perdigon and Melissa Cruz

"I'm sure he's going to be upset, he and his wife," neighborhood watch leader Gary said. "That was their pride and joy -- their home."

Neighbors said the residents had been there for about 6-8 months, had a luxury car and kept to themselves.

"They had it covered up pretty well, looked like normal people," neighbor Zane Dollar said. "They had the yard equipment inside the garage. It looks like a normal house to me."

Neighbors did say a truck came by at the same time on the same day every week.

The home is across the street from the head of the neighborhood watch.

Investigators said about 30 plants worth about $3,000 to $5,000 each were seized.

They said the inside of the home has quite a bit of damage because the residents altered it, added extra air conditioning, changed the way the power is routed, and even knocked out walls to house the operation.

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