Miami Cowboys from Cocaine to Marijuana, Florida Doesn’t Only Grow Oranges
Post on April 17, 2015 by The Victoria Law Group 0 Comments
Although Marijuana isn’t yet legal in Florida, there is a thriving marijuana growing industry, and it’s success is presenting it’s purveyors with the biggest problem they always have: What to do with all that money! Well, I guess hiding it in a faux wall is an option.
That’s what the Miami-Dade Police Department found in the home of Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez, a Miami man who owns a store that sells equipment for indoor gardening.
Police are still counting the money but they know it’s about $20 million, making it the largest cash seizure in Miami-Dade Police Department history.
According an arrest affidavit, police searched Hernandez-Gonzalez’s home after confidential informants tied him to the drug trade. According to the affidavit, investigators wire-tapped Hernandez-Gonzalez’s phone and heard him hand out advice on how to keep pot plants healthy.
During one conversation, an alleged client describes sad-looking plants that are not responding to extra oxygenation. Hernandez-Gonzalez asks for a picture and tells the person that they have to be patient. Giving a plant extra oxygen after weeks of neglect is like giving “a starving old man … testosterone,” Hernandez-Gonzalez says.
Police eventually contacted Hernandez-Gonzalez and he was cooperative telling them that he could draw up a list of clients who he believes grew marijuana indoors. They searched his shop and found bundles of money and police allege that Hernandez-Gonzalez voluntarily let them search his home.
Police dogs led them to more bundles of money. Police say they found pot seeds and steroids and a loaded Tec-9 with an extended clip.
Hernandez-Gonzalez was arrested and charged with money laundering, cannabis trafficking and other charges. His sister was also charged.
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