Underground Marijuana Lab Found in Home's Pool: Miami-Dade Police

Three people were arrested after Miami-Dade Police discovered a large scale marijuana grow operation at the base of a concrete-sealed pool complete with a hidden, underground tunnel.

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    Three people were arrested after Miami-Dade Police discovered a large scale marijuana grow operation at the base of a concrete-sealed pool complete with a hidden, underground tunnel. NBC 6's Hank Tester has the story. (Published Thursday, Jan 30, 2014)

    Three people were arrested after Miami-Dade Police discovered a large scale marijuana grow operation at the base of a concrete-sealed pool complete with a hidden, underground tunnel.

    The discovery was made Jan. 23 at the home at 30121 Southwest 147th Court when detectives approached a vehicle that was stopped outside and smelled a strong odor of marijuana and saw several bags of marijuana inside, Miami-Dade Police said Thursday.

    Inside Underground Marijuana Lab in Miami-Dade

    [MI] Inside Underground Marijuana Lab in Miami-Dade
    Three people were arrested after Miami-Dade Police discovered a large scale marijuana grow operation at the base of a concrete-sealed pool complete with a hidden, underground tunnel. Police released video of the scene. (Published Thursday, Jan 30, 2014)


    After the driver of the car made contact with the homeowner, detectives received consent to search the house. Once inside, the detectives noticed a strong odor of marijuana in one of the rooms, police said.

    In the room, detectives discovered a hatch that gave access to an underground crawl space that led to a fully operational hydroponics lab at the base of the home's pool, which was sealed by a concrete slab, police said.

    A total of 82 live marijuana plants and five pounds of processed marijuana were found in the lab, police said.

    "These criminals think outside the box in order to make a quick buck," said Alvaro Zabaleta, police spokesman.

    Valexy Quintero-Consuegra, 37, Marley Torres-Denis, 27, and homeowner Eddy Pelaez-Ramirez, were arrested and charged accordingly, police said.

    Quintero-Consuegra and Pelaez-Ramirez were charged with marijuana trafficking, conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, possession of a place to manufacture a controlled substance and grand theft, according to Miami-Dade Police reports. Torres-Denis was charged with marijuana possession. It was unknown whether they have attorneys.

    "Who knows how long they have been functioning. They could have done this for years," said Zabaleta.