A Miami Lakes home was searched by law enforcement officers this week, revealing trafficking amounts of marijuana and $24 million in cash.
The cash was bundled in plastic and stored in several Home Depot buckets stashed in the attic.
The subject of the investigation had been under surveillance for nearly six years. His operation is believed to extend from Miami up to Tennessee.
The home was searched pursuant to a search warrant: a legal document that permits law enforcement to search a property for suspected contraband.
Trafficking in marijuana in the State of Florida is proven when an individual possesses - without intent to sell, transport, or distribute - 25 pounds or 300 plants or cannabis (marijuana).
The money will likely be subject to forfeiture proceedings, where the government petitions a court to allow them to keep the money as it was likely obtained through criminal activity.
Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving Miami-Dade County and Broward County.