Police discover suspected marijuana grow house, 2 arrested
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested two men after authorities received a call regarding suspicious activity at a South Florida home and discovered a marijuana grow house.
Police received the call just after 11 p.m. Thursday from an off-duty officer about a break-in at a home at 7004 S.W. 136th Place. "I heard police activity in the area; I see long weapons," said neighbor Jesus Perez.
"It really surprised me," said Fernando Media, a neighbor. He noted that those who last lived there were renters who have frequent pool parties. He described them as, "Quiet, always say hello."
As of Friday evening, there has been no sign of the home's current occupants.
Authorities arrived on scene with K-9 units, and upon further investigation, discovered the home was a marijuana grow house with about $50,000 worth of pot plants inside. A short time later, Miami-Dade Police located a subject.
A chase ensued and ended with the subject in a lake before he was apprehended and treated by fire rescue. Another man was also arrested soon after. "They're running from one backyard to another, so I was kind of scared," said Media.
Those arrested include 37-year-old Pedro Gonzalez and 36-year-old Javier Chill Lovio. They have been charged with burglary.
Residents are alarmed by the discovery of a grow house in their area. "It's kind of crazy," said a neighbor.
Perez said he has never seen anything like this. "This is a quiet neighborhood, I've been here 11 years," he said.
It remains unclear who owns the home and the whereabouts of the homeowner. If you have any information on who may own the house, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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