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$1M in meth found in upscale Lake Nona home

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Updated: 12/18/2013 10:01 am
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A home in an upscale Orange County neighborhood was hiding a million-dollar methamphetamine operation, officials said Tuesday.

Federal agents and deputies said they got a tip the drugs were stashed on Kristen Park Drive in Lake Nona, so they set up surveillance and made the bust last week.

Neighbors who spoke with Channel 9 said they were shocked to hear of the arrests. They said the neighborhood is tight-knit and people feel safe there.

Investigators said they pulled over Jose Calvillo when he left the home, and found $120,000 worth of meth in his truck.

When agents returned to the home with a warrant, they arrested 44-year-old Jose Martinez-Romero.

Inside, agents said they found 80 pounds of meth worth $1 million hidden in a closet under the stairs.

In all, the meth could have provided more than 140,000 quarter-gram doses, but those drugs are now off the streets, officials said.

Both Calvillo and Martinez-Romero remain in federal custody without bail.

Investigators haven't said where the meth came from, but when Homeland Security does a drug case, it often involves narcotics crossing borders, so it's possible it's an international operation, WFTV found out.

Court documents indicate Martinez-Romero is from Mexico.

No one answered the door when Channel 9's Jeff Deal knocked Tuesday.

In the driveway was a car with a stuffed Walter White toy. Actor Bryan Cranston played White on the television show "Breaking Bad." Fans of the show know White as the "master cook" who cooks crystal meth with his partner, Jesse Pinkman.
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