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November 26, 2014

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Raids target two suspected marijuana grow houses in Henderson

Grow House

KSNV reports on a Metro raid of a marijuana grow operation at two Henderson homes.

Site of first raid

Metro Police arrested two people Monday afternoon in connection with a "well-designed" marijuana grow operation discovered in two Henderson homes.

Officers raided the first of two suspected grow houses, on the 600 block of Black Ridge Road — near Horizon Drive and U.S. 95 — about 3 p.m., according to Lt. Laz Chavez with Metro's narcotics unit.

Inside, police found nearly 70 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $250,000. Officers also recovered several pounds of finished marijuana product, as well as a handgun, Chavez said.

Officers arrested a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman in connection with the marijuana grow operation, which took over three rooms in the house. Officers found extensive electrical wiring, fertilizer and chemicals in the home, presumably to aid in the grow operation.

A multi-agency anti-drug task force composed of Metro Police, Henderson Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration is currently raiding a second suspected grow house, a short distance from the first home, Chavez said. More details are forthcoming.

Metro Police were alerted to the alleged grow houses by a neighbor, who reported suspicious activity. After officers ran surveillance the homes over several days, they obtained a search warrant and launched a raid of the properties.

"We're not sure if it's a trend, but we're beginning to see more and more homes in the Henderson area," Chavez said. "They're popping up all over the valley, not just in Las Vegas."

Officers are also finding an "alarming" amount of guns at these grow houses, Chavez said. Within the past two weeks, police recovered 22 firearms at one suspected grow house, he added.

"These drug dealers are defending these homes (with guns)," Chavez said. "We're concerned about citizens caught in the crossfire."

Chavez urged the public to contact police whenever they see any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

"We follow up on every tip," he said.

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  1. We need more privately owned prisons to house all of these dangerous gardeners......

  2. This is a close one , right around the corner from me. That house has always had trouble renters. Good riddence. I've called the law several times in the past to watch the lot across the street, no help so I took of it my way. But I'm glad to hear they did something about the trash around the corner.

  3. Legalize it already! This is Nevada for crying out loud.

  4. I hate to say it, but time to make pot legal. Not only could we tax it, but then we could govern the use of it like alcohol, and nullify at least one drug import... and you know, and stop this unsurmountable Bush/Reaganesque just say no/war on drugs.

  5. Wow! The best line of the week!

    "We need more privately owned prisons to house all of these dangerous gardeners."

    What a waste of police resources - surveillance and all - for what? A few weed plants?

    If people want it they will find a way to get it! Prohibition does NOT work! Legalize it - regulate it and TAX IT!

    Enough!

  6. Geemoney,

    Fully legalize it, regulate it, tax it and in general treat it like alcohol and most of the problems you see with pot would be greatly reduced. I won't say they will be eliminated (although some might) but the pressures that drive some will disappear to a large extent.

  7. You would think a broke government may come up with the ideal one day to legalize it and tax it, does congress have a suggestion box ?

  8. For proof this and every other marijuana raid for the past 12-14 years violates our Constitution, have a look @ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst...

    The police state is alive and well and growing in "Libertarian" Nevada.

    "Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rulemaking or legislation which would abrogate them." -- Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491 (1966)

  9. "police recovered 22 firearms at one suspected grow house..." "We're concerned about citizens caught in the crossfire."

    The NRA, a patriotic, pro-freedom organization has fought heroically to make massive armament and ammunition caches in residential areas as easy to accumulate as brownies and ice cream.

    Neighborhood armories are not created by marijuana growers. They result from laws which are passed to 'protect' the sidewalk patriots from being taken over by Government bullies. Ubiquitous gun markets are designed to ensure our liberties. Stockpiling of weapons is seen by the NRA as a indicator of a healthy Democracy. Complain to the NRA, not the smoke farmers supplying an economic niche.