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Police Investigating Missing Girl Find Million Dollar Marijuana Stash

January 7, 1987

ROSLYN, N.Y. (AP) _ Officers investigating a report of a missing girl stumbled upon more than a ton of marijuana in the basement of her mother’s home just as the child’s father drove up with the girl, police said.

″They found bags and bags and bags of the stuff,″ said Nassau County Detective Sgt. Willard Kraus. ″The officers were amazed.″

Police arrested four people, including the girl’s mother and father, Kraus said.

Kraus said officers went to the mother’s Long Island home Tuesday after the woman reported her 12-year-old daughter missing, and asked if they could first search the house for the child.

″Often missing kids hide in the basement or under a bed. Or they sneak back in the residence,″ Kraus said of the search request. ″Apparently, the mother was more concerned about her daughter than the cops finding something.″

The officers went to the basement and allegedly found more than a ton of marijuana in several rooms. Kraus estimated the value at about $1 million.

″It was definately a wholesale operation,″ he said.

Officers also found a compactor that was used to squeeze about 25 pounds of the drug into bags, along with a pistol and paraphernalia used in the drying process, he said.

Kraus said that as the officers came up from the basement, the girl’s father, who lives in Queens, arrived with his child.

″He found her in Queens. Apparently she just didn’t feel like going to school Tuesday,″ Kraus said. ″They arrested him on the spot.″

Officer Edward Weisinger identified those arrested as the parents, Alberto Rodriguez, 40, and Luby Rodriguez, no age given. Also arrested were Leon Rodriguez, 39, of Miami, and Juan Carlos Muller Buintera, 27, also of Miami. They were charged with possession of marijuana, handguns and automatic weapons.

No details were available on the connection between the Miami men and the Rodriguez couple, Weisinger said.

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