The family that grew ganja together is now the family that pleaded guilty together. In the spring of last year, federal agents and Miami-Dade narcotics detectives dismantled a clan of marijuana growers that distributed thousands of pounds of high-grade weed from South Florida to New York City. Gilberto Santiesteban Jr., his dad, and his three brothers operated 21 grow houses for nearly seven years. Heck, even their significant others participated in the green conspiracy. It all unraveled when the Santiestebans decided to kidnap and murder a man who stole close to 50 pounds of their weed.
Gilberto Santiesteban Jr.
On April 29, Gilberto Jr. and his brother Darvis pleaded guilty to kidnapping and marijuana-trafficking charges after their father and two other siblings cut deals with federal prosecutors.More »