Our Palm Beach and Broward County Drug Defense Attorneys recently read in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Cuban refugees are dominating the Florida’s indoor marijuana trade. According to the article, hundreds of growhouses have sprung up since 2005 and supervisors for the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area approximate that as much as 90 percent of those arrested on grow-house-related marijuana charges are Cubans who arrived in the US within the past five years.
In Palm Beach, 90 to 95% of the arrests as part of drug busts called “D-Day” and “Eagle Claw” were Cuban. And in Miami-Dade, 95% were Cubans. That trend is reversed in Broward County, where only 11% of the arrests in 2008 and 2009 involved Cuban refugees.
Since there is no central database for sharing information about pot grow houses among police agencies, many Florida cops do not know much about the industry. Often when police raid a grow house, they arrest low level workers rather than their bosses or ringleaders. Authorities say that many of those involved in the illegal drug trade escape serious punishment because US policy does not allow the deportation of Cubans and many keep the number of marijuana plants under 100 to avoid tougher federal sentences.
Cubans dominate illegal pot grow house trade in Florida, drug and law enforcement officials say, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 30, 2009
Contact a Broward County Drug Defense Attorney if you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime such as selling or possessing marijuana, cocaine, or xanax.