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MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR POT LAB BUST IN PARKLAND Hydroponics Lab Discovered During Execution of Federal Arrest Warrant

BSO Case Number: PD04-12-216
PIO Number: 04-12-19
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2004
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: 6778 NW 110 Way, Parkland (Inside the Parkland Isles Community)

Victim(s):

  • United States of America

Suspect(s):

  • Rocco Coviello, male, 50, 4/7/54, 874 Forsyth Street, Boca Raton

Description of Incident:

Narcotics distribution suspect Rocco Coviello was not at his posh Parkland estate Thursday morning when Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives, along with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and officers from the Boca Raton Police Department, came knocking with a federal arrest warrant, but they didn’t leave empty handed.

Investigators rolled-up to Coviello’s Parkland residence, located at 6778 NW 110 Way at about 9:00 a.m. on December 9th, 2004. The federal arrest warrant they were toting stems from a one-and-a-half-year-old organized narcotics distribution and money laundering investigation spanning three states: Florida, Arizona and Ohio.

After noticing the strong odor of marijuana coming from the home, BSO detectives secured a state search warrant and brought in BSO drug dogs. When K-9 deputies made a positive narcotic alert, a second state search warrant for the interior of the residence was secured and investigators entered the home. Inside they found a state-of-the-art grow house comprised of 630 marijuana plants of all sizes. The estimated street value: about 2 million dollars.

Detectives believe this is one of the largest residential pot lab busts ever reported in Broward County. Every corner of the 3,500 square foot home was being used to grow pot, including hallways, closets and the garage.

Coviello, along with several others, was arrested late Thursday. He now faces several federal charges, including marijuana distribution, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering.

The investigation continues and more arrests are expected.

INVESTIGATORS: BSO Stratigic Investigations F.B.I., Boca Raton PD BSO D17/ Parkland
THIS REPORT BY: Liz Calzadilla/ PIO 12/10/04 12:30 p.m.

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