CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Cape Coral Police, North Port Police, and Lee County Sheriff's Office Partner to Take Down Marijuana Grow and Credit Card Fraud Ring
(January 31, 2014)- In an investigation that spanned multiple jurisdictions over the past three months, three people have been arrested by the Cape Coral Police Department in connection with a marijuana grow operation and a credit card counterfeiting operation.
On January 23, 2014, North Port Police executed a search warrant on a cannabis grow operation in their city. A short time before the execution of this search warrant, a white Ford Fusion and a U-Haul truck were seen leaving the residence; however, North Port PD was unable to conduct surveillance on the vehicles. North Port PD contacted Cape Coral Police Department Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics (VIN) Detectives and requested that they attempt to locate and conduct surveillance on these vehicles. Cape Coral VIN Detectives had been assisting North Port Officers for the past several weeks.
Cape Coral Police Department VIN detectives located the Ford Fusion at 824 Mohawk Parkway, Cape Coral and observed it leave the residence. Detectives followed the vehicle until they were able to develop probable cause and make arrangements to have the vehicle stopped by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. A subsequent search of this vehicle revealed over seventeen (17) pounds of cannabis. This led to the arrest of three (3) suspects, two (2) of which were suspects in the cannabis grow operations in North Port.
As a result of the surveillance and the search of the vehicle, Cape Coral Police Department VIN Detectives obtained a search warrant for 824 Mohawk Parkway. The warrant service, was conducted shortly after midnight on January 24, 2014 by the Cape Coral Police Department SWAT Team and VIN Unit, with the assistance of our Street Crimes Unit, K9, and Patrol Bureau. The warrant service revealed numerous pieces of equipment used in the construction and operation of a grow house. Additionally, evidence of an ongoing credit card fraud scheme was found to include over 50 pre-paid debit cards that had their magnetic stripes re-encoded or that did not match the information embossed on the card. The residence appears to be a "base of operations" or a hub for the group's illicit activities. This search warrant led to the arrest of three (3) additional suspects, one (1) of which was a suspect in the cannabis grow operation in North Port. One of the subjects, Perez-Buxeda was not only charged for her involvement in the grow operation and fraud, but also with Child Neglect for housing her child in the residence that was a hub of criminal activity.
"The assistance provided by the Cape Coral Police Department bolstered our investigation and resulted in additional charges and suspects. The professionalism and dedication to service that your detectives showed during this investigation was exemplary. Know that without the assistance of the Cape Coral Police Department, our investigation could have been much more challenging."- Anthony J. Sirianni, Assistant Chief of Police, North Port Police Department.
"This case is a textbook example of what can happen when agencies partner with one another, share intelligence, and coordinate efforts. Without the ongoing relationship and rapport between North Port and Cape Coral Detectives, we never would have been able to act so quickly to get eyes on the suspects. Our brothers and sisters at the Lee County Sheriff's Office were able to drop what they were doing and assist at a moment's notice. Without their help, this case just simply would not have unfolded like it did."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.
ARRESTED: Dalia Marien Sanchez-Benavides, W/F DOB:05-24-1985, of 3911 Chiquita Boulevard S., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS (MANUFACTURE DELIVER)- Felony (FSS 893.147 (2))
ARRESTED: Massiel Perez-Buxeda, W/F DOB: 06-24-1988, of 824 Mohawk Parkway, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS (MANUFACTURE DELIVER)- Felony (FSS 893.147 (2)), COUNTERFEITING OF (FALSELY MAKE CREDIT CARD) (FSS 817.60 (6a)), POSSESS COUNTERFEITED (CREDIT CARDS TWO OR MORE) (FSS 817.60 (6b)), NEGLECT CHILD (NEGLECT CHILD WITHOUT GREAT BODILY HARM) (FSS 827.03 (2d)).
ARRESTED: Yankiel Blanco, W/M DOB: 09-05-1982, of 824 Mohawk Parkway, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS (MANUFACTURE DELIVER)- Felony (FSS 893.147 (2)).