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Marijuana hydroponic lab discovered in South Miami-Dade; man arrested for trafficking

  1. SmokeTwibz

    Miami-Dade police uncovered a hydroponic marijuana laboratory within a nursery in deep South Miami-Dade late Wednesday, confiscating 495 pounds of the plants with an estimated street value of $2.4 million, and marking the second pot house discovery in less than two weeks.

    Police charged Arsenio Guerra, 43, of Miami, with one count of marijuana trafficking.

    “What makes this lab unique is the structure that housed the laboratory, the sophistication of the equipment that was used, and clearly the volume that was being harvested,” said Roy Rutland, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

    Acting on a tip, police obtained a search warrant for the property at Southwest 204th Street and 170th Avenue. When police searched the property, they found two rooms used as marijuana hydroponic labs, each with 38 live plants.

    According to the arrest report, Guerra was hiding on the property. After a search of several hours, he was found and taken into custody.

    The discovery marks the second clandestine marijuana laboratory uncovered in Miami-Dade since late September, following an explosion at a Southwest Miami-Dade home used to grow marijuana.

    A morning blast at the home at 6355 SW 151st Pl. on Sept. 22 caused the roof to lift off the home and then crumble back down. Windows were blown out, roof tiles shattered and insulation went flying. A long crack stretched from one side of the home to the other.

    The home, which had been rented, was deemed unsafe and was demolished earlier this week.

    Rutland said it is not uncommon for narco-trafficers “to booby trap” such laboratories.

    Had there been an explosion at the latest lab, it would have been devastating to the area, he said, because of the size of the lab and the volatile chemicals that were found.

    “Fortunately, in this case,” he said, “they were able to dismantle the lab safely and crop all these trees and impound it as evidence.”

    By Ina Paiva Cordle
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/04/3034546/marijuana-hydroponic-lab-discovered.html

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Comments

  1. hookedonhelping
    Re: Marijuana hydroponic lab discovered in South Miami-Dade; man arrested for traffic

    OK! Math Class 101.

    "2 rooms each with 38 live plants". = 76 plants

    And we have the story headline: 495 pounds of the plants with an estimated street value of $2.4 million

    SO

    what we have is....
    --------------------------------
    media sensationalism.
  2. Nanashi
    Re: Marijuana hydroponic lab discovered in South Miami-Dade; man arrested for traffic

    Keep in mind that the plants were most likely weighed with roots, stems, leaves and all, freshly pulled, undried. In all actuality it was probably more along the lines of less than 50lbs.

    From what I've seen, MJ looses around 1/8-1/10 of its weight during the drying process. Which would bring us to a honest 49.5 pounds not counting all the extra weight of roots, base stems, and leaves. Going by their number of 2.4 million for 495lbs, It was more around the lines of 240,000 dollars worth.

    If I really wanted to pull nuthairs, I could say that 40k of that was from the sticks and stems. So the real, honest to god figure would be 200k net worth. Honestly I still feel that's being generous.

    Not saying that thats not a decent size grow, just saying the media is jerkin our dicks.

    ^^The above is all purely speculation^^
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