More significant to police, out of 24 arrests, only one individual was cited for DUI while five others related to narcotics violations.
Carried out in southbound lanes at the 6200 block of South Dixie Highway from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday, February 12, South Miami Police were assisted by the Miami Dade Police and School Police, Sweetwater Police, Florida Highway Patrol and the U.S. Department of Immigration.
“They did a great job,” said City Manager Hector Mirabile. “It does show there is quite a bit of narcotics flowing through US1.”
His observation coincides with three unrelated instances of suspected marijuana grow houses, successfully investigated in South Miami during the last two weeks.
On February 2, a potential ‘grow house’ entered by S.I.U. detectives resulted in two arrests and seizure of eight pounds marijuana, street-valued at $26,000.
S.I.U. detectives investigated two other suspected marijuana grow houses on February 10, one uncovering 64 full-grown marijuana plants weighing 168.2 pounds with an approximate $555,000 street value. The case is still ongoing.
A second house investigation concluded with four arrests, confiscation of 19 pounds of marijuana and 20 Xanax bars plus $65,000 in seized cash.
Total monetary value of all three cases of drugs and cash seized: approximately $670,000, Mirabile reported to City Commissioners February 15.