(CBS News) -- Investigators arrived at Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Tuesday morning because they suspected the factory was illegally dumping “hazardous materials” into the city sewer system.
For about five hours the owner cooperated fully, but during their search investigators said they smelled marijuana. That’s when the owner made a tragic decision that no one saw coming, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.
Sources said Dell’s wasn’t just in the business of sweet red cherries, it was also hiding some sticky, green plants.
Inside the family-run factory, tucked behind a fake wall, inspectors found 90 pounds of marijuana, hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed in suitcases and three luxury cars.
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