News Release
FOR IMMDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2009
Contact: Special Agent David Melenkevitz
Number: 954-660-4602

Suppliers of Marijuana Grow House Operation Indicted

DEC 10 -- MIAMI - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division and Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announce the Indictment and arrests of Edgar Roman, 39, and Ruben Rodriguez-Torres, 37, both of Miami, and Miguel Roman, 49, of Homestead, on drug trafficking and related charges. 

The Indictment alleges that from January 2007 until the present, Edgar and Miguel Roman conspired to sell drug paraphernalia and, along with Ruben Rodriguez-Torres, conspired to aid and abet the manufacture of marijuana.  These charges are punishable by up to five and three years’ imprisonment, respectively. 

Additionally, Edgar Roman and Miguel Roman are charged in two counts of selling drug paraphernalia.  Each count of selling drug paraphernalia carries a potential prison term of up to three years. 

Also, the Indictment charges Edgar Roman and Ruben Rodriguez-Suarez with conspiracy to distribute, and distribution of more than 100 marijuana plants.  Those charges are punishable by up to 40 years’ imprisonment. 

Lastly, the Indictment seeks the forfeiture of one million dollars, representing the gross proceeds believed to have been obtained as a result of the violations, as well as the contents of various bank accounts in the names of Edgar Roman and Magic Grow Corporation.

The Indictment and arrests are the result of a year-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration into the sales of equipment and materials used to establish and maintain marijuana “grow houses” in the South Florida area.  According to publicly available documents, Edgar Roman is the owner of a company in Miami-Dade County called Magic Grow Corporation.     

DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville stated, “No one profiting from the illegal sale of marijuana will go unnoticed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

“This investigation reveals law enforcement’s commitment to choking off the suppliers to the numerous home-based marijuana manufacturers in South Florida,” said Acting United States Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman.         

An Indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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