Authorities allegedly found an “elaborate” marijuana-growing operation at a southern New Jersey home after they went there as part of a credit-card fraud investigation.
The Press of Atlantic City reports police found 87 marijuana plants in the Hamilton Township home on Friday. They also seized stolen merchandise valued $15,000, items believed to be the proceeds from a fraudulent credit card operation.
Twenty-six-year-old Luis Alba was charged with cultivation of marijuana, as well as possessing and distributing the drug. His 23-year-old girlfriend, Miluska Jimenez-Espinoza, was charged with credit card fraud.
Authorities also removed a 3-year-old from the home and placed the child with a family member.
Alba’s bail was set at $100,000 cash, while Jimenez-Espinoza was released on a summons.
Telephone numbers for both suspects could not be found Sunday.