Five Homes Near White Rock Lake In Dallas Forfeited To Government In Local Drug Investigation
United States Attorney Richard B. Roper, Northern District of Texas, announced that a federal judge in Dallas has ordered that five Dallas homes located in Little Forest Hills near White Rock Lake be forfeited to the United States. The Honorable Ed Kinkeade, United States District Judge, entered a final order of forfeiture on the five homes, located at 8639 Groveland Drive, 8641 Groveland Drive, 8647 Groveland Drive, 8651 Groveland Drive and 8906 Groveland Drive. The homes were used by defendant Daniel Allen to grow marijuana plants.
Daniel Allen was sentenced to 59 months imprisonment in June following
his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to cultivate and to possess
with the intent to distribute in excess of 100 marijuana plants. According
to court documents, beginning in February 2003 and continuing
Their growing operation was sophisticated. The home would be divided into separate rooms for the different stages of the operation, to include growing, drying and supply. The growing rooms of the houses were outfitted with electric grow lights connected to electric times operating on a track system. They also installed ventilation systems and air conditioners in the growing rooms to control the humidity.
They cultivated the marijuana in hydroponic containers on railings
over tubs with tubing to continuously run water to each plant, and each
defendant was responsible for the daily maintenance of the operation,
to include the irrigation, fertilization, pest control, security and
general maintenance of the property. At harvest time, all three would
assist in chopping the mature plants for drying and distribution.
The forfeited homes are listed with and will be sold through Re/Max
Associates of Dallas, a private realtor hired by the United States Marshal's
Service. The net proceeds of the sales will be split among local and
state law enforcement agencies to be used for law enforcement training,
equipment and operations. The federal government's share of the funds
will be placed in the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Fund and
will be used for facilitating future asset forfeiture operations.