Florida police find marijuana plants growing in empty swimming pool
MIAMI (REUTERS) - Police who found five pounds (2.26kg) of pot during a routine traffic stop searched the motorists' house and followed the scent to an empty backyard swimming pool where 82 marijuana plants were growing beneath a thick slab of concrete, officials said on Friday.
Miami-Dade police arrested two men and a woman, all Cuban-born, and charged each with manufacturing and trafficking marijuana, as well as grand theft for stealing electricity from the local utility to power the lights that were shining on the growing plants.
On January 23, police smelled marijuana after they stopped two of the men, Valexy Quintero-Consuegra, 37, and Marley Torres-Denis, 27, in a Range Rover for not wearing seat-belts, according to an arrest affidavit.
The two were overheard discussing what to tell the officers about five pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk, police said.