CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
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Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Car Fire at NW Cape Coral Home Leads Cape Coral Police
to Discovery of Drug Operation; Two Arrested

 

(September 1, 2014)-  When Cape Coral Police and Fire responded to assist with a car fire at a NW Cape Coral home Saturday night, they found a lot more than they initially bargained for.

On Saturday at 8:30 PM, Cape Coral Police Department received numerous calls regarding a fire at 2014 NW 25 Place, Cape Coral.  Cape Coral Fire and Police units responded to the scene, finding a large fire with billowing, toxic smoke, involving two vehicles parked in the residence's driveway just feet from the home.  Cape Coral Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire, which is now thought to be suspicious in nature.

Police and Fire units attempted to make contact with residents inside the home.  Fire personnel feared that toxic gases from the fire may have intruded into the home due to the size and proximity of the fire.  After numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the residents, emergency personnel forced entry into the home to conduct a safety sweep of the house to ensure no victims were inside, overcome by smoke or toxic gases.

Once inside, Police and Fire personnel located an elaborate marijuana grow operation.  Once it was determined that there were no occupants in the home, Police and Fire personnel vacated the residence and Cape Coral Police began a narcotics investigation.  Cape Coral Police Patrol Officers secured the home while Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics (VIN) Detectives obtained a search warrant.  While Detectives were obtaining the warrant, the renters, Guillermo Abreu (W/M, DOB:09-12-1985) and Meivys Escano (W/F, DOB: 06-14-1985)  returned to the home.

The investigation revealed that the two began renting this home about two months ago.  Detectives also learned that Escano has a minor child (10 YOA) that lives at this residence, but is currently staying with the father in Ft. Myers.

The search warrant was executed and yielded:

  • 27 marijuana plants (16.6 lbs)
  • Multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia used for cultivation
  • 50 Oxycodone pills

Both Abreu and Escano were arrested and transported to Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Guillermo Abreu, W/M, DOB:09-12-1985, of 1106 SW 28 Place, Cape Coral.
CHARGES: Marijuana Cultivation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Opiates, Possession of a Structure for Drug Manufacturing w/ Minor Present.

ARRESTED: Meivys Escano, W/F, DOB: 06-14-1985, of 2014 NW 25 Place, Cape Coral.
CHARGES: Marijuana Cultivation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Opiates, Possession of a Structure for Drug Manufacturing w/ Minor Present.

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