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Cops took $22 million cash stuffed in buckets from his home. But he won’t lose it all

Discussion in 'Politics' started by greg nr, Feb 8, 2018.

    greg nr

    greg nr Well-Known Member

    Now that is a hell of a good hydro store business - where can I start one. ;)


    MIAMI — The Miami Lakes man found with $22 million in suspected marijuana cash stuffed in orange buckets inside his house pleaded guilty Wednesday — but he won't be losing all his money to the feds.

    Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez agreed to let the U.S. government take $18 million of the cash. He'll get to keep about $4 million, plus his house, his business and five Rolex watches.

    The 46-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting the true amounts to the government.

    U.S. Judge Robert Scola will sentence Hernandez-Gonzalez on April 20 — coincidentally, the annual day marijuana fans celebrate the plant. He faces up to 30 years in prison, but his defense lawyers are hoping to get him a sentence below the bottom of the sentencing guidelines, which is five years behind bars.

    Hernandez-Gonzalez made national news when detectives raided his Miami Lakes home in June 2016, discovering most of the cash in 24 orange Homer's All-Purpose buckets from Home Depot. They were hidden in a secret compartment above a closet. An additional $600,000-plus was found at his business.

    The story was first reported by the Miami Herald.

    Miami-Dade narcotics detectives hauled away the money in a pickup truck, then spent more than a day exhaustively counting the huge stacks of bills. Investigators raided his businesses and home after he was caught on a phone wiretap giving growing advice to Miami marijuana growers arrested by federal agents in Tennessee.

    Hernandez-Gonzalez is well-known in the marijuana trade. He ran Blossom Experience, a North Miami-Dade store that sells fans, lights, fertilizers and other equipment for indoor gardening. Cops believe that the business, while legal, caters to marijuana traffickers growing weed in clandestine labs inside homes.

    But his defense lawyers long insisted the money was legitimately earned from selling equipment. However, because he sells to legal marijuana growers in other states, no banks would take his cash, they claimed.

    Hernandez-Gonzalez was first charged in state criminal court for marijuana trafficking and money laundering. A few months after his arrest, a federal grand jury indicted him on federal charges stemming from the same cash seizure.​

    blake9999 Well-Known Member

    I think I may start a Hydro Business as well. Seems like that's where the real money is.

    Stealthstyle Well-Known Member

    greg nr

    greg nr Well-Known Member

    And the really interesting part is the feds got a warrant because the hydro store owner gave growing advice to a grower.

    On that basis, we could all get a visit. ;)
    shorelineOG, Grandpapy and blake9999 like this.

    Unclebaldrick Well-Known Member

    You would think a guy would $22 million in cash might be able to afford one nice Patek Philippe.

    thumper60 Well-Known Member

    good point, gotta look at the big picture that's all they found!!:sleep:

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