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A 48-year-old man who Melbourne police said flipped his four-bedroom home into a “well-designed” cannabis grow operation that nurtured a $50,000 crop of marijuana plants faces numerous charges.

Rolando Antonio Valero was arrested on a cultivation of cannabis charge after Melbourne police carried out a search warrant on his home at 4720 Elena Way. He was booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex where the Cuban national was held on a $5,000 bond, records show.

“I believe someone came forward to tell us about this in this case,” said Cmdr. Sean Riordan of the Melbourne Police Department, without elaborating.

Police observed the residence and later obtained a search warrant from a judge and raided Valero’s home Monday. Inside, officers discovered that three of the home’s bedrooms had been converted to allow for special equipment and growing spaces for the plants.

The plumbing had also been rearranged in the home to allow for better irrigation, listed as being worth $270,000 by Zillow.

Officers reported finding 24 healthy marijuana plants, all ranging from three to five feet tall. Investigators searched room to room and also found that the 1,894-square foot home had been modified with several air conditioning units, fertilizing equipment, timed grow lights along with special reflective insulation.

The plants weighed about 132 pounds.

“We bring them here and store them as evidence,” Riordan said of the plants

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