Man Kills Intruder, Now Faces Marijuana Charges
A Florida man was hanging at home when his home was intruded by four men with intentions of robbing his place. Michael Mora, 37, of Hialeah (Miami-Dade County) ultimately ended up killing one of the trespassers, but is not facing a murder charge - but multiple marijuana charges.
“The victim was targeted because of the illegal activities at his own residence,” Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby told the Miami Herald. Mora is facing felony charges of manufacturing and trafficking of marijuana, which could earn him up to 15 years in prison and fines reaching $25,000. Three of the robbers escaped while one did not make it out alive. “During the shooting investigation, a fully operational marijuana hydroponics lab was discovered inside a portion of the home. The suspects knew this and intended to rob the resident of cash and/or drugs,” said Sgt. Zogby.
On his property, investigators found an irrigation system, 22 1,000-watt output bulbs, three air-conditioning units and plant nutrients, and 123 live marijuana plants. The plants equalled to 202 pounds of cannabis flowers.
Mora has served time in prison for felony crimes related to the possession of a firearm.