Detectives arrested a St. Petersburg man who was allegedly running a drug operation involving more than $1 million worth of marijuana.
The 24-year-old is facing charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Detectives claim they have been watching the man for several years.They received a tip that he was storing large quantities of marijuana in his apartment, which led them to obtain a search warrant, according to reports.
On March 23, investigators went to his apartment and apparently found 23 pounds of high-grade hydroponic marijuana that was packaged and ready for distribution inside his kitchen cabinets. Detectives claim they also found three guns and $87,000 in suspected drug money.
For the next month, detectives continued to investigate the man, and they claim they were able to identify about 230 pounds of marijuana — including the 23 pounds found his house apartment — and $168,000 cash associated with his operation.
Police say 230 pounds of marijuana has a street value of $1,150,000.
The U.S. Postal Service assisted police with the investigation, according to reports.
Being caught with any amount of marijuana and charged with a crime of marijuana possession in Florida is a very common drug charge. However, this does not mean you should take these charges lightly. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you could be facing hefty fines, a permanent criminal record, and a significant amount of time behind bars.