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2nd marijuana lab discovered in Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested two people after they discovered a grow house just several homes away from a home where two parents were arrested and charged for also growing pot.

Police responded to the new scene in the area of 125th Avenue and 219th Street, Tuesday afternoon.

According to detectives, a baby's crib hid the door to the underground marijuana lab. "And that door then reached to the tunnels that reached the entire lab," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland. "If in fact that lab was to explode, that can take out several homes. Not just the home with the lab."

Under the home, detectives found harvested marijuana hanging to dry. The home-grown drugs were made with chemicals worth thousands of dollars. "We know the chemicals that are being used were toxic. We know the chemicals that are being used are highly combustible," said Rutland.

Detectives said the marijuana lab was so well hidden it took a tipster for detectives to discover it. Police have arrested a couple.

A neighbor was in shock with the news. "I heard the helicopters this afternoon, and I came out from my house and saw the scene," said the neighbor.

Just Monday night, police obtained a warrant and arrested Luis Ramirez-Gonzalez and Yamile Gongar after a marijuana lab was found under a covered, drained swimming pool at their home, located near this latest bust.

Police said a tip led them to that home as well. Investigators said the husband and wife lived there with their two daughters, ages 8 and 17.

Police seized 70 pounds and about $250,000 worth of marijuana plants.

They appeared before a judge Tuesday afternoon. Gongar received a $25,000 bond and Ramirez-Gonzalez $25,500. They both face numerous charges, including trafficking marijuana.

The couple's lawyer Erick Cruz said, "Just because a person owns a house where there is marijuana growing, it does not mean that person is in possession of the marijuana."

Ramirez-Gonzalez and Gongar bonded out of jail late Tuesday night. Their children are staying with relatives, police said.

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