South Fort Myers man arrested, accused of making drugs in his apartment

Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Javier Vargas
Javier Vargas, 23. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man they say had a narcotics lab in his apartment.

Deputies arrested 23-year-old Javier Vargas after Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers received tips from concerned neighbors.

The sheriff’s office says inside Vargas’ apartment on the 1600 block of Park Meadows Drive in south Fort Myers, they found multiple dangerous chemicals, gas torches, and extension cords running throughout the house.

They also found 28 mature marijuana plants and 34 smaller juvenile plants. In total, 56.4 pounds of marijuana plants were recovered.

Drug-making equipment found in Vargas’ apartment. (Credit Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies say the items found were being used to manufacture and package narcotics.

Vargas is being held in the Lee County Jail on a $40,000 bond. He is facing charges of marijuana possession, production, and trafficking.

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