Pubdate: Fri, 03 Nov 2006
Source: Fort Pierce Tribune (FL)
Copyright: 2006 The E.W. Scripps Co.
Author: Will Greenlee


PORT ST. LUCIE - To Arthur Roberts, the men who in the gray house 
next door were "perfect neighbors."

"They came and went, were very quiet," the 32-year resident said 
Thursday. "There weren't any parties going on, no drinking. They had 
their garbage out when it should be. They mowed their lawn when it should be."

But inside the home of the "perfect neighbors" in the 200 block of 
Southwest Lucero Drive, police turned up a suspected marijuana farm 
with about 50 small plants, said Officer Robert Vega, police spokesman.

They also found a "suspicious device" in the home's rear that the St. 
Lucie County Sheriff's bomb disposal team detonated. The remains are 
expected to be analyzed at the crime laboratory at Indian River 
Community College.

Standing at the scene, Vega said the grow house - the 66th uncovered 
in the city since May - appeared to be "a fairly new operation."

St. Lucie County Fire District crews uncovered the operation after 
responding to the home about 7:15 a.m. for a reported structure fire, 
said Capt. Brian Blizzard, fire district spokesman.

Wiring used to power the growing operation apparently sparked the 
blaze, which was small but caused extensive smoke and heat damage 
throughout the house, Blizzard said.

No one was home when police arrived, and investigators are looking 
for those responsible.

According to the St. Lucie County Property Appraiser's Office, the 
owners are named Eduardo O. Pochet and Barbara Pochet. They could not 
be reached.

It's unclear whether this grow house is connected to the dozens of 
others found over the past several months.
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