Three men who admitted growing more than 1,200 marijuana plants in a Parkland house have been sentenced to federal prison.
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents said they got a tip in March about a “clandestine cannabis grow house” on the 6600 block of Northwest 66th Way in Parkland.
When agents checked on the house, they said they could smell freshly grown marijuana from outside the rear fence line of the house. They later arrested three men after they left the house and seized a large amount of cash from their vehicle. Agents said they also found about 34 pounds of processed marijuana in the house.
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Nelson Diaz, 32; Daniel Sanchez, 35; and Ignacio Gonzalez, 50, all pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. On Friday, Diaz was sentenced to three years and 10 months in federal prison, Sanchez received a 10-year prison term, and Gonzalez was sentenced to 2 1/2 years.
Diaz told agents he had been renting the home for about $5,000 a month and this was his first time growing pot, according to court records.
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