A home-invasion robbery by four intruders that ended with a suspect shot and killed led to charges against a Hialeah resident. But not for the death in his house.
Police say Michael Mora is in trouble for what was found inside: a marijuana grow house with about 202 pounds of weed.
Mora, 37, faces no charges for the shooting death of South Miami-Dade resident Lhosdanny Brena Colarte, 25. For now, he’s charged only with growing and trafficking marijuana.
Mora has served two Florida prison terms, one for robbery with a deadly weapon. So possession of a firearm as a convicted felon might result in further charges in Saturday’s deadly shooting.
Colarte’s cohorts raced away in a green car after the shooting Saturday afternoon in the 1000 block of West 77th Street in Hialeah.
“The victim was targeted because of the illegal activities at his own residence,” Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby said in an email. “During the shooting investigation, a fully operational marijuana hydroponics lab was discovered inside a portion of the home. The suspects knew this and intended to rob the resident of cash and/or drugs.”
According to Mora’s arrest affidavit, he lives in the front of 1597 W. 77th St., owned by 89-year-old Emma Mora. In the back, investigators found an irrigation system, 22 1,000-watt output bulbs, three air-conditioning units and plant nutrients — and 123 live marijuana plants.