PHOTO:  Alexander Alvarez-Cassanova.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Alexander Alvarez-Cassanova.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

Cape Coral Police Detectives Arrest School Bus Driver in Marijuana Grow Operation

(October 10, 2013)- On October 4, Cape Coral Police Department Vice Intelligence & Narcotics (VIN) Detectives working off of a tip about stolen electricity, conducted an investigation at 3416 NE 12th Avenue, Cape Coral, Florida.

Detectives arrived at the house and were immediately able to smell an odor of raw marijuana emanating from the home, and observed other noticeable signs of a grow house operation.  

Detectives obtained a search warrant and served the warrant on the home.  Inside, Detectives found an elaborate marijuana cultivation operation with 92 plants totaling over 115 lbs..  Detectives continued their investigation to locate the suspect.  During the investigation, it was determined that Alexander Alvarez-Cassanova, a school bus driver for the Lee County School District was the homeowner.

On October 8, Cape Coral Police Detectives located Alexander Alvarez-Cassanova who was arrested and charged with marijuana cultivation and trafficking as well as ownership, lease, rental, or possession for trafficking in or manufacturing a controlled substance.

"This is another example of how partnership with people in our community can lead to that key piece of information that makes all the difference.  If it weren't for the tipster, it is likely that this operation may have gone on for quite some time.  As a result, another grow house operationhas been stopped and our community is made that much safer." - Detective Sergeant Dana S. Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.