By Derrick Stanley
Authorities seized at least $24 million in cash Tuesday in the arrest of a suspected marijuana manufacturer in Miami.
The bust is the largest in the history of the Miami-Dade Police Department, according to the Miami Herald, who reported the officers were still counting the money Wednesday.
Most of the cash was bundled in increments of $100, according to the Miami Herald, and stuffed inside dozens of orange Home Depot buckets.
Tuesday's raid was the culmination of a six-year--long investigation into Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez. The Herald reported that Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, ran a North Miami store that sells equipment for indoor gardening. Investigators suspected the business catered to marijuana growers.
The federal agents raided the store as well as the home of Hernandez-Gonzalez, and found marijuana seeds, marijuana labeled "Super Skunk" and "Chernobyl" and $180,000 in a safe.
Gonzalez-Hernandez, who admitted instructing his customers on how to grow marijuana, appeared in court Wednesday on charges of money laundering, marijuana trafficking and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, among other state charges. He was ordered held on $4 million bail.
His sister, Salma Hernandez, was also arrested and charged with drug possession and conspiracy.
Photo Miami-Dade Police Department