According to deputies, detectives in Lake County, Florida, have made the largest marijuana bust in the county’s history at a worth of $2.3 million.
A Florida man is now in custody according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
It was on Tuesday that Lake County detectives, along with the Special Investigations Unit, responded to 9121 Florida Boys Ranch Road in Clermont to conduct an investigation into a suspected indoor marijuana grow operation after receiving tips regarding the location.
A news release stated that detectives made contact with 79-year-old Narino Orozco-Montoya, who lives on the property.
Detectives smelled a strong and distinct odor of marijuana while interviewing Orozco-Montoya and found indications of a marijuana cultivation operration.
Utility services personnel also responded to the scene and found that enough power was being stolen to power a small town, and estimated the dollar amount of stolen utility resources to be in the millions.
“Detectives worked diligently to dismantle the operation, which resulted in the seizure of over 300 pounds of processed marijuana, large quantities of cannabis concentrates, two firearms, cultivation equipment, and 767 large marijuana plants,” a spokesperson said.
“The street value of the marijuana seized is estimated to be approximately $2.3 million.”
Orozco-Montoya later told deputies his brother, Sandy Orozco, was also involved in the grow operation. He has not been located.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, both Orozco-Montoya and his brother were born in Colombia and are a part of a large illegal Cuban drug ring.