Florida man to keep whatever money the police took in drug raid

MIAMI – a Florida man who sells indoor gardening favored by clandestine marijuana growers get to keep the $22 million in cash he stuffed in 5 gallon buckets.

Forty-six-year-old Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez pleaded guilty Wednesday to money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid the reporting of the actual amounts of the government.

His lawyers insist that the money legitimately profit from the sale of equipment to people who grow marijuana legally in other states, and no bank in Florida would accept his money.

The Miami Herald reports the government agreed to let him keep the $4 million, plus his house, his business and five Rolex watches.

Hernandez-Gonzalez faces up to 30 years in prison when U.S. Judge Robert Scola sentences him to 20 April. His defense is looking for less than five years.

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