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Cuban Pot Rings In South Florida

POINCIANA, Fla. (AP) -- Investigators say Cuban refugees are dominating arrests in Florida's indoor-marijuana trade.

Federal and local drug agents tell the Orlando Sentinel that Cuban drug trafficking organizations control hundreds of grow houses that have sprung up from Miami to Atlanta since 2005.

Statewide, records aren't kept that specify the nationalities of the people who run grow houses.

However, investigators point to other data.

That data includes arrests made in South Florida, the center of the marijuana trade.

Records kept by the Polk County Sheriff's Office show that 84 percent of the growers it arrests identified Cuba as their place of birth.

Central Florida drug agents say Cuban-born suspects ran 60 of 126 grow houses in six counties in the past year.


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