Miami Police Seize $24 Million and Drugs from Dealer
Jun 30 2016
The Miami Herald reports that the raid occurred Tuesday at 44-year-old Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez's Miami Lakes home.
Police in Miami uncovered a stash of marijuana and more than $24 million at a home belonging to an alleged drug dealer this week.
In what is being called the largest cash seizure in department history, detectives found bundles of $100 bills in heat-sealed bags stuffed into orange 5-gallon buckets and hidden in a secret wall compartment of a Miami Lakes home, according to the Miami Herald. The investigation includes wiretaps of Hernandez-Gonzalez sharing tips with an unnamed person on how to care properly for marijuana plants.
Hernandez-Gonzalez was arrested and was held on a bond worth more than $4 million.
He will appear in Miami-Dade bond court on Wednesday afternoon.
His sister, Salma Hernandez, was also arrested and charged with possession of place/purpose of trafficking (marijuana), possession of place/purpose of trafficking/conspiracy (marijuana).
According to an arrest report, the DEA first began targeting Hernandez-Gonzalez back in 2010, when he openly discussed the ins-and-outs of the marijuana trade with a confidential informant. After his arrest, Hernandez-Gonzalez allegedly admitted to helping customers grow the drug. Police say they found pot seeds and steroids and a loaded Tec-9 with an extended clip.
Authorities said Salma Hernandez works at the shop with her brother.