Miami-Dade PD raids 25 marijuana grow houses

Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8:21 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8:21 a.m.

MIAMI — Miami-Dade County police say officers have raided 25 marijuana grow houses and seized more than 1,300 live pot plants.

The countywide "Operation Machete" also turned up seven guns, more than $31,000 in cash and various other drugs.

The estimated street value of the plants seized is at least $4.5 million. There were also 25 people arrested on drug and other charges in the simultaneous raids Wednesday.

The Miami area is one of the nation's leaders in indoor marijuana growing operations. Police say they involve other dangers including diversion of large amounts of stolen electricity, the increased possibility of fires and use of hazardous chemicals.

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