Crime

The marijuana grow house in their backyard was just the beginning of their problems

Mike Rodriguez and Christy Lopez
Mike Rodriguez and Christy Lopez

Detectives showed up with a warrant Wednesday at a Miami home looking for a hydroponics marijuana grow lab.

What they found landed a man and woman in jail facing charges including cocaine and marijuana trafficking, child abuse and money laundering, according to a report.

Police say Mike Rodriguez, 29, and his partner, Christy Lopez, 22, lived in the home at 1501 SW 19 St.

When officers arrived Wednesday they found a dismantled marijuana grow lab in a structure attached to the back of the house with about five pounds of marijuana, according to the report.

Inside, police found a loaded handgun on the nightstand and a loaded shotgun behind a Marilyn Monroe poster of Rodriguez's bedroom, an officer wrote in the report.

But that wasn't all. Police also found a backpack with about 400 grams of marijuana in the laundry room, a backpack with about 267 grams of cocaine behind the fireplace, marijuana inside Tupperware in a closet and bundles of cash grouped with rubber bands, according to the report.

Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez is facing money laundering and marijuana trafficking charges after Miami-Dade police found $22 million stuffed in buckets inside his Miami Lakes home in June. His lawyers, Philip Reizenstein and Frank Gaviria, this week off



Police noted in the report that only people who live in the home are Rodriguez, Lopez and Rodriguez's 10-year son, whom he has custody of.

Both were being held Thursday in Miami-Dade's Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center with no bond.

Modern Health Concepts owns South Florida's only legal medical marijuana grow operation. The company recently allowed a Miami Herald photographer and reporter to tour the facility.

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