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World's Saddest "Grow House" Busted in Miami Springs By Unchill Tipster

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Courtesy of the Miami Springs Police Department.
Not exactly Nancy Botwin.
The snitch knew many things about Luis Silva. He or she knew knew his name, date of birth and address. He or she could describe the 41-year-old father's grey Dodge Charger with a paper tag and knew that Silva wasn't supposed to be driving it, because his license had been suspended 10 times. But one thing the tipster didn't know was how many marijuana plants Silva was harvesting inside his home.

The first clue should have come from Silva's housing situation: He lived in a 300-square-foot Miami Springs efficiency with two kids and a dog. The operation couldn't have been much bigger than a dorm-room set-up, by necessity.

But what officers found was worse than a college freshman's get-rich-quick scheme. It was actually kind of sad. Cops found nothing more than some frail-looking plants hanging from wire hangers in a closet. In all, they seized 515 grams worth of weed, as well as an instructional manual on how to grow it.

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Courtesy of the Miami Springs Police Department
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Miami Springs is not exactly known for its drug-related crime. Officer Jorge Capote of the MSPD says drug busts are few and far between in the quiet town, and they probably seize marijuana plants from residents less than once a year.

Of course their big drug bust would amount to some schwag drooped over wire hangers with leaves the same color as Joan Crawford's eyebrows in Mommy Dearest.

Silva has a lengthy rap sheet in Miami-Dade and has been charged with a litany of petty crimes. He is a felon -- for making false insurance claims that amounted to more than $10k -- although he's never been convicted of anything violent. He doesn't have an active driver's license. To be honest, tipster, it seems like Silva growing this pot might have been the most productive thing he could do to support his family. You kind of acted like a dick in this one, anon. Please try to be more chill in the future.

The big lesson to anyone who's ever made a half-baked attempt at growing weed inside a closet: That's a felony right there, no matter how goofy your rig. Silva was booked for possession of cannabis with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute.

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Millie Santana
Millie Santana

For everyone feeling sad for this dude, be glad he is off the road. Because had he crashed into you, you would have been literally S.O.L.! This is why there are so many criminals in South Florida, because people feel sympathetic for them. I'm sorry dude no sympathy for you from me. He was a hit and run waiting to happen, it happened to me and I got stuck with the bill.

Christian Wells
Christian Wells

Know what's even sadder? Plastering this guy's face all over facebook and then pretending that you feel bad for him… If you really felt so bad, you should've either ignored the story, or- at the very least- not posted the guy's mug shot. But hey, Miami New Times, if he wasn't humiliated before, he SURE is now, huh?? :D

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

The odds are this could be the best thing to happen to the kids

Melanie Carey
Melanie Carey

I feel awful for him. I hope the judge lets him off. Poor guy. Where are his kids now?

Diego L. Naranjo
Diego L. Naranjo

he must have pissed someone off or crossed them...a no no when you have a wrap sheet and growing weed next to your kids.

XM75
XM75

Well that's not 515 grams, more like 50 grams. It's obvious this is for personal consumption, if he tried to sell this he would make about $ 400 for 4 to 5 months of work.

Trommy
Trommy

Why are they still arresting people for this.  The only people who think this should still be illegal are uneducated.  I would love to see juries nullify these actions.  We all have the right to find a defendant not guilty if we think a law is unfair, or in the case of weed INSANE.

jazeroks
jazeroks

he probably spent most of his drug dealing money on getting the weed smell off his clothes


Diana Lubbe
Diana Lubbe

Lol shame, they were just trying to go green.

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

What was the title of the book? "Growhouses for Dummies"?

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Carlos, we don't have too many Crystal Meth houses, that's a whiteboy drug and we don't have that many whiteboyz

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

in the past 2 months MNT has covered about 8 grow house ops... not 1 meth house tho....#prioritiesFUCKED

peacefrog021
peacefrog021

Actually Dan Sweeney 515 grams equals about 19oz, there's 28 grams in an ounce, so he had a mere 1pound 2ounces, don't get into selling weed, you'll loose your butt do to your lack of math skills!

Buster Cox
Buster Cox

Maybe they should have actually read the book ....

Michael Naranjo
Michael Naranjo

Priscilla Chávez LMFAO at DILDODREAMS.NET liking your comment.

Betty Perez
Betty Perez

He looks like Kramer from Seinfeld. This was the best sad story ever. Don't know if to lol or cry out loud.

Dan Sweeney
Dan Sweeney

This is a truly bizarre attempt at a story. Look, I have serious problems with marijuana prohibition, but this mere 515 grams referred to in the article works out to about 9 pounds of pot, which is no small amount. Second, the plants are hanging upside down on hangers not because they are "sad" or "droopy," but because that is how one dries out weed after it has been harvested.

Ana Triana
Ana Triana

With marijuana legalization in Tallahassee cops still find the need to make headlines with these sad stories. Get it in your skulls it's gonna be legal. Stop wasting time and money on this shitz

Ruben Halflife Barreto
Ruben Halflife Barreto

putting more people in jail for stupid shit smh so they have criminal records and cant get jobs in the future. thats the way to fix the economy. lmao what a joke.

Marianoell Gomez Arguello
Marianoell Gomez Arguello

They should use their resources on things like meth labs, heroin, coke and all those nasty drugs that actually hurt and kill people. This is a complete and total waste of tax payer money. Yeah, cops of the year there. SMH

Patti Equality Lynn
Patti Equality Lynn

So, we're wasting our limited resources on weed. Miami has more shootings every night, more children being shot, both injured and killed, and the focus is on grass!! what a crock!!

Johnny Barcelona
Johnny Barcelona

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Tz Terri
Tz Terri

What a waste of our tax money

btbam2
btbam2

id run from you too if i hit ya! im not a bad person lol just dont carea bout you

ibybfiygmh
ibybfiygmh

Actually an ounce is considered 28.3 grams although its actually 28.349 grams. Know your metrics.

XM75
XM75

LMAO!!!! just use your eyes does it look like 9 pounds?? It's just over a pound and most of that weight is likely from moisture still in the plant, stems, and piss poor manicuring.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Dan Sweeney "but this mere 515 grams referred to in the article works out to about 9 pounds of pot"


Epic Math FAIL!

peacefrog021
peacefrog021

Actually its only about 19 ounces. There's 28 grams in an oz, 16 oz to a pound.

Bebep
Bebep

515 grams is just over 1 pound. I'm sure they even weighed the actual plants.


And yeah those are some extremely sad looking looking buds that are drying on the hangers.

claupaz
claupaz

for me as a teenager mother is terrible the marijuana legalization in Tallahassee


btbam2
btbam2

@ibybfiygmh  not in cannabis market, once ounce is 28.0g not a hair over 

ibybfiygmh
ibybfiygmh

They don't trim them then weigh them. They weigh whats hanging or what they cut down. If he had any trim around they'd include that as well.

btbam2
btbam2

@claupaz  your little girl will be smoking green and drinking clear sooner than you think 

ibybfiygmh
ibybfiygmh

Gotcha, makes perfect sense. I see a pole & body glitter in your future.

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