Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 50 marijuana trees in three ’sophisticated’ indoor cannabis labs in the home.
THE ACREAGE — Law enforcement searched a suspected grow house in The Acreage on Tuesday, which turned up nearly $1 million worth of marijuana, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show.
For weeks agents had been monitoring a couple’s home on Hamlin Boulevard south of Northlake Boulevard where they lived with a child. By Tuesday morning, they had a search warrant, and shortly before 7 a.m. the sheriff’s SWAT team rapped on the door.
Later that day they arrested Maiker Requejo, 39, and Nereida Vila, 46, on marijuana trafficking, producing and possession charges. Sheriff’s records lists both their occupations as “drug manufacturer.”
As deputies searched the home Tuesday, they found receipts for more than $1,000 worth of high-end fertilizers commonly used in indoor marijuana grow houses, according to the sheriff’s office.
Vila claimed all of the marijuana in the home was hers.
When deputies asked whether they had guns in the home, Vila turned to Requejo, who showed authorities where a black gun was hidden under drywall in a bathroom air conditioner.
Vila was arrested in 2008 for using counterfeit credit cards in Miami-Dade County and sentenced to two years on federal supervision. As such, she cannot be in possession of a weapon, so authorities also booked her on a charge of illegally possessing a gun.
Requejo too has been accused of theft-related offenses in Miami-Dade but was not convicted on a felony charge, records show.
As authorities walked through the home, they noticed one bathroom appeared to be a grow-house storage unit with pots, light reflectors and garbage bags.
Two bedrooms were “transformed into a sophisticated indoor cannabis manufacturing laboratory,” authorities said. They found 13 marijuana trees in 15-inch pots in one bedroom and 12 in the other.
They found 25 more marijuana trees in the garage laboratory, records state.
All together, the 50 trees weighed more than 380 pounds and had a street value of $967,000, according to authorities.
As of Thursday morning, Vila was being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on $220,000 bail and Requejo in lieu of $120,000 bail. Both must show where they obtained the money for bail, if posted.
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