City condemns Westside marijuana grow house

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City code enforcement condemned a home where two people busted for growing pot Tuesday. Code found the home unsafe with unpermitted renovations and unsafe electric.

The marijuana grow house was dismantled on the Westside. Agents brought out dozens of six to seven feet tall marijuana plants Tuesday afternoon.

This house in a very quiet part of the Westside. The scene was something people who live here say they never expected to see in their backyard.

The home on Emma Oaks Lane off Normandy is in what neighbors call a quiet - low profile area. A neighbor - who just wanted to be identified as Gary, runs the neighborhood watch and said he looked on in shock as DEA agents carried out plant after plant. Gary claimed the suspicious activities had been going on for months.

"There was a large truck that would come once a week - at the same time," Gary said.

We got a look inside the home. Gary said the people renting - and allegedly growing - caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

According to the DEA, a man and woman were taken into custody. The suspects were later identified as Zeydel Curbelo Perdigon and Melissa Cruz Dorta.

Gary said the man who owns the house is in the military - which makes this an even bigger slap in the face.

"He's serving his country - while someone is growing and weed and stuff at his house," Gary said.

Something he - and other neighbors who aren't used to seeing much crime - say is still a lot to take in.

The DEA is still looking into what went on inside this house over the last few months - meanwhile people who live in the neighborhood say they'll be keeping a very close eye on things for now.

A local realty company managed the property for the family now living out of town but we've chosen not to share its name because we could not get in touch with them tonight.

First For You

Gloria Young with Young International Reality Company offered this advice for other homeowners -- she said you take a risk when renting your home but it's important to do your own homework.

Make sure your management company is licensed-- interview them thoroughly and check for past complaints.

You can look up a company's license for yourself in the state of Florida -- HERE.


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