Family of Five Busted for Running Grow House in Little Haiti

Orin Tong and his wife, Wanda Herandez-Tong, along with three adult children, ran a grow house, police say.
Orin Tong and his wife, Wanda Herandez-Tong, along with three adult children, ran a grow house, police say.
Courtesy of Miami-Dade Corrections

When police pulled Orin Tong over during a narcotics sweep yesterday and found ecstasy pills in his car, police say he quickly fingered his source: his own daughter, Mariah.

The cops got a search warrant, went to the Tongs' nearby home in Little Haiti, and inside found a full-on grow house. Police say the whole Tong family -- Orin; his wife, Wanda Herandez-Tong; and their three adult children, Imani, Judah, and Mariah -- sold the weed. Police also found cocaine and ecstasy in the residence.

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Wanda Hernandez-Tong had a particularly interesting side gig: working as a nurse full-time at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She's been suspended while the whole family faces drug charges in Miami-Dade court.

The trouble for the Tong clan began yesterday, Channel 7 reports, when police pulled Orin over on NW Second Avenue and 47th Street and found the drugs in his car. The eldest Tong later told police that the weed and MDMA were for personal religious use, though he didn't specify which religion.

On Facebook, his sons Imani and Judah both say they graduated from Miami Dade College, with Imani listing his current profession as "being a bum."

Judah Tong's Facebook says he's a rapper/producer, with links on Facebook suggesting he's affiliated with a recent project called Jizzle Jay.

Family of Five Busted for Running Grow House in Little Haiti
via Judah Tong's Facebook
Family of Five Busted for Running Grow House in Little Haiti
via Judah Tong's Facebook

It's not clear if the family has an attorney yet. Orin and Wanda remained in jail this morning, while their three children have bonded out. Imani declined to discuss the case with Channel 7 last night.

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