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$75K Worth of Pot Found in UM Student and His Twin Brother's Apartment

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​Twin brothers, one an FIU student and another a UM student who was on track to become a Marine officer, have found themselves on the wrong side of the law after about $75,000 worth of marijuana plants were found in their shared South Miami apartment. The discovery was made after a maintenance worker entered the apartment to fix a leaky pipe. He found not only the makeshift grow house but also a filthy mess.

According to the Miami Herald, Russel Drake, 20, is a University of Miami student who was on his way to becoming a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He lived with his twin brother, Robert Drake. 


According to his Facebook page, Robert had attended UM but was now taking classes at FIU. Their shared apartment was at the Red Road Commons apartment complex not far from UM's main campus.

Their father appears to be well-off lawyer Kenneth R. Drake.

The Herald reports that the two lived among multiple marijuana plants and a severe mess. The smell of feces could be detected from the hall. A cat was kept in a pet crate. Gnats swarmed the apartment. Empty beer bottles and dirty clothes were scattered everywhere. A leak in the toilet had caused problems for a downstairs neighbor, so a maintenance worker entered the apartment to check it out. That's when the plants were discovered.

Russel Drake was arrested last night and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing drugs with the intent to sell. Police are still searching for his brother, Robert. The police also removed about three garbage bags full of pot. They left behind the eight garbage bags full of trash the brothers hadn't bothered to take out.

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