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$24 Million In Cash Discovered In Miami-Dade Police Raid

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MIAMI LAKES (CBSMiami) -- Stuffed in red buckets and wrapped in bundles of $100 bills, detectives discovered at least $24 million in cash at the home of a suspected marijuana trafficker in Miami Lakes.

Marijuana Drug Bust - Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez
(Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Found hidden inside the home, the bust is considered the largest cash seizure in Miami-Dade Police Department history, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

Luis Gonzalez-Hernandez, 44, was placed under arrest.

He owns the Blossom Experience, a gardening shop in North Miami, the Miami Herald reported.

The DEA first began investigating him in 2010 after openly discussing the marijuana business with a confidential informant, according to the arrest report. Gonzalez-Hernandez was also connected to the arrest of 11 people in Tennessee during a marijuana investigation earlier this year, it added.

Police picked up his sister, Salma Hernandez, an employee at the Blossom Experience, during a raid of the store.

Inside, investigators allegedly found marijuana labeled "Super Skunk" and "Chernobyl," as well as marijuana seeds. Four different types of steroids were recovered, as well.

Marijuana Drug Bust - Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez-Hernandez and Salma Hernandez were arrested following a police raid in Miami Lakes. (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

At Gonzalez-Hernandez's home, officers were able to locate the dozens of 5-gallon cash-filled buckets within the walls. A loaded Tec-9 pistol with an extended clip was also found with the money.

Gonzalez-Hernandez faces several state charges, including money laundering and marijuana trafficking. Salma Hernandez was charged with possession of a place with the purpose of trafficking.

Gonzalez-Hernandez received a bond of $4 million.

His attorney, Frank Gaviria, takes issue with the amount.

"This is an unreasonable bond under these circumstances," he said "We think this is a very, very tenuous case. At this point, they're connecting the dots that we don't think connect."

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