Yesterday (Monday) the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force arrested 30 year old Phillip Hernandez and charged him with cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Agents raided a home at 210 Rural Street in Lafayette and seized 18 hydroponic marijuana plants. The marijuana plants were being grown in three fully equipped portable hydroponic growth chambers.

Hydroponic marijuana has a significantly higher street value than soil grown marijuana because of higher yields and shorter growing periods. Potential street value of the the hydroponic marijuana seized is approximately $54,000. Also seized was a safe with an undetermined amount of currency and a MAC 11 pistol.