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At Suburban Florida Beach, 'Weeds' for Real

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At Suburban Florida Beach, 'Weeds' for Real

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At Suburban Florida Beach, 'Weeds' for Real

At Suburban Florida Beach, 'Weeds' for Real

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More Americans moved to Florida last year than any other state. One Florida community recently learned that part of its growth has been fueled by drug dealers.

Investigators say that Florida's Treasure Coast has become a hot spot for a new suburban drug problem: marijuana grow houses. Authorities have busted more than 50 grow houses in the Port St. Lucie that were part of an ingenious scheme.

In the region, drug bosses have bought houses for people who wanted to move to the beach community — and were willing to raise pot on contract.

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