A sophisticated marijuana-growing operation run by Cuban nationals was taking place in a quiet Pennsylvania suburb until the smell of the plants became so strong that police were called to check it out.
According to reports, authorities seized more than 100 plants, which had the capability to produce approximately 200 pounds of marijuana.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan stated, “The defendants, with ties to Cuba and Florida, clearly are part of an organized criminal network. It was their bad luck to try an operation like this in Chester County.”
CBS Philly reported that investigators have linked the group to the Mexican drug cartel, and believe it is just a part of a larger worldwide network.
According to a statement from officials, while North Coventry police were serving a search warrant at the residence, they noticed homeowner Berto Quinones, 41, leave with two other suspects, Yordanky Hevia-Martinez, 34, and William Delgado, 46, in a black Audi.
“The police could literally smell raw marijuana when they got to within a couple of hundred feet within the residence,” said Hogan, noting that in addition to the pot plants and other paraphernalia, authorities also seized a small monkey, which was sent to an animal refuge.
The electrical service at the residence had been rigged to bypass the meter, in order to gain access to the large amount of electricity they needed to grow the marijuana.
The suspects were all arrested, charged with felony drug trafficking, and are being held in the Chester County Prison.
H/T: CBS Philly
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