Over the course of one night, the Miami-Dade Police Department has seemingly put an end to a serious marijuana grow house operation.
Police seized an estimated 1400 pounds of marijuana at the three separate grow house locations. This marijuana reportedly came from about 1500 plants.
In Florida, trafficking in marijuana requires possession (regardless of intent) of more than 300 plants or 25 pounds. The 25 pounds of marijuana required for trafficking includes all parts of the plant, not just dried, smokeable material.
Police reports also indicate that firearms were located at the scene, which may lead to charges of armed trafficking, which is punishable by life in prison.
If unarmed, trafficking in marijuana is a first-degree felony punishable by 30 years in prison.
Eric Matheny is a miami grow house lawyer and Broward grow house lawyer who assists clients charged with trafficking, possession, possession with intent to sell, and cultivation of marijuana in Miami-Dade County and Broward County, Florida.