U.S. expat held after agents find a hydroponic marijuana setup

Investigators arrested a man Tuesday afternoon with the suspicion that he had been cultivating marijuana hydroponically in a Rivera de Bélen home.

According to a report by the Judicial Investigating Organization, agents received information that a residential complex in Rivera de Bélen was left with both the outside gates and main door open, yet seemed to be unoccupied.

When investigators went to observe the scene Monday, they said they found that not only was the house completely open, but that marijuana plants were growing inside with a hydroponic system, spokespersons said.

The house was placed into judicial custody and the next day Bryan Bloodworth Eldrel, 37, was arrested when he drove to the house, agents said.

A raid of the house revealed a marijuana laboratory complete with heat lamps, air conditioning systems, gas and fertilizer. Also, investigators found 300 marijuana plants, $10,000 and around 20 million colons in cash.

Bloodworth is from the United States, the agency said.

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