Marijuana operation found in hidden, underground lab at Miami home

82 plants found by police

MIAMI - Three people were arrested after Miami-Dade police discovered an underground marijuana-growing operation at the base of a concrete-sealed pool, complete with a hidden tunnel.

The discovery was made Jan. 23 at a home located at 30121 Southwest 147th Court.

Detectives said they 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 in a news release.

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.

PHOTOS: Underground hydroponics lab ( )

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 were found in the lab, police said.

Homeowner Eddy Pelaez-Ramirez, 44, Valexy Quintero-Consuegra, 37, both from Miami, and Marley Torres-Denis, 27, of Hialeah, Fla., were arrested in the case, police said.

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