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Brevard Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Grow House

September 21 , 2011

Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Senior U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Martin Calabrese (39, Indiatlantic, Florida) to six months in federal prison for manufacture and possession with the intent to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants. The Court also ordered Calabrese to serve six months on home detention and three years of supervised release.

Calabrese pled guilty on June 28, 2011. According to court documents, in March 2011 agents with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office obtained information about a marijuana grow operation being conducted by Calabrese at a residential property located in Cocoa, Florida. On March 7, 2011, the agents obtained a search warrant for that location and for Calabrese’s residence located in Indiatlantic. During the execution of the search warrant at the Cocoa location, agents found 228 marijuana plants, as well as various items used in Calabrese’s grow house operation including additional air conditioner units, high intensity lights, carbon filter blowers, and irrigation systems. Agents also found two pounds of harvested marijuana that was packaged in one-half pound increments, indicative of distribution of the marijuana. During the execution of the warrant at Calabrese’s residence, agents found one pound of marijuana and $6,160.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.




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