A Weston, Florida home was searched Friday, leading the arrests of four people and the seizure of over 100 marijuana plants on Friday, news sources report. Information regarding the defendants’ identities was not immediately released following the raid. Authorities reportedly said that the defendants would be charged with trafficking marijuana, among other possible charges. Police are currently conducting an investigation of the suspected drug house. It is unclear whether the defendants qualified for bail. The press did not list defense attorneys for the defendants.
According to reports, the home in question is a luxury property located at 451 Ranch Road in Weston. The suspected grow house sits on 7,000 square feet of property, has five bedrooms, six baths, and an estimated value of $1 million, reports say. It is not clear who owns the sprawling property.
Neighbors apparently did not suspect that anything was amiss at the home, even when police cars arrived. “We [were] teasing each other saying, ‘It’s probably some celebrity [visiting] or something,'” neighbor Daniel Sanchez reportedly said. “I had no idea… It’s disappointing, because we pay taxes, since these are expensive homes, and we don’t want that kind of situation close to your house.”
During the raid, police seized more than 100 plants from the Weston home and around 50 pounds of processed marijuana, sources allege. It was not immediately clear whether the processed material consisted of only buds, the portion of the marijuana plant used by smokers.
Police arrested four men at the residence, all of whom are suspected of operating the grow house, reports say. Police allegedly said the defendants were growing luxury cannabis. One neighbor, Carolina Dorego, reportedly indicated the defendants may have had wealthy clients. “They had cars, expensive cars, coming back and forth,” Dorego apparently said.
Although marijuana has come up for legalization on medical grounds in the Supreme Court over the past couple of decades, the plant is still illegal in Florida and most of the rest of the United States. The arguably non-addictive plant has been one of the most popular recreational drugs in the U.S. for several decades. It is relatively easy to grow, and the leafy substance typically sells for a healthy profit, making it a drug of choice for many traffickers.
Last year, Fort Lauderdale resident Alfonso Demmay was arrested after police located around 94 live cannabis plants inside his house, sources report. Demmay, 34, was taken to the Broward County Main Jail on charges of distributing and cultivating marijuana. It is unclear what the outcome of that case was or if it is still active.
Armed with a search warrant, the Metro Broward Drug Task Force searched Demmay’s home on Southwest 15th Street last October. The investigators found 94 cannabis plants and thousands of dollars of equipment inside the home, sources say. Although neighbors had apparently noticed that Demmay seemed to have a “lot of friends” who came over, the bust still came as a surprise, according to the press.