Photo/Story Gallery 2006

FHP Assists With Operation Transporter

Marijuana grow lab found beneath wooden floor in residence.Confiscated marijuana plantsThe Davie District of the FHP Investigations’ Southern Region has been working with the Broward County Auto Theft Task Force on Operation Transporter for the past several months. Operation Transporter was an undercover investigation by the task force launched to investigate a criminal organization that was committing auto theft, title fraud, insurance fraud, and drug trafficking.

Pictured left, A marijuana grow lab was found beneath a wooden floor in a residence and right, some of the 100 plants growing in the lab.

Recently, The Florida Highway Patrol, Bureau of Investigations, Broward County Auto Theft Task Force, used the Troop E Tactical Response Team in order to execute a search warrant at a residence in Cutler Bay. Upon securing the residence, four male subjects were taken into custody. During an additional search, Florida Highway Patrol K-9 units discovered an underground marijuana grow lab. A total of 100 plants weighing 47 pounds were discovered.

Access to the lab was gained through a section of the wooden floor.The marijuana plants and the cultivation paraphernalia were turned over to the Miami-Dade Police Department Narcotics Unit for further investigation. Lieutenant Paul Sharp, Sergeant Mark Shoaff, and Corporal Ivan Sarrion participated in the investigation.

Pictured right: Access to the lab was gained through a section of the wooden floor.

The Broward County Auto Theft Task Force executed multiple arrest warrants throughout Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. A total of seven subjects were taken into custody in the South Florida area. An additional subject was taken into custody in Greer, South Carolina.