Pinal sheriff: Man had sophisticated pot growing business

2014-05-12T18:09:00Z 2014-05-13T12:04:42Z Pinal sheriff: Man had sophisticated pot growing businessArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 12, 2014 6:09 pm  • 

A man was arrested and is facing drug charges after Pinal County sheriff's deputies discovered a marijuana growing operation at his residence north of Tucson.

Stephen Cartwright was booked into the Pinal County jail and is facing multiple charges including marijuana possession, marijuana possession for sale and cultivation of marijuana, according to a news release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

On April 30, the department's narcotics task force searched a house in the 40000 block of E. Ballesta Road after receiving a tip that Cartwright was growing and looking to sell "high-grade" hydroponic marijuana.

Authorities discovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in the residence, which include 97 hydroponic and soil based marijuana plants. Detectives founds 64 pounds of marijuana already packaged, drug paraphernalia and psychedelic mushrooms, the news release said. The plants were in varoius stages of growth.

Based on what these plants are worth on the street and how much marijuana they produce, detectives seized about $194,000 worth of marijuana plants, $128,000 worth of packaged marijuana and about $1,700 worth of cash, the department said.

Cartwright holds a medical marijuana card from the state. Sheriff Paul Babeu said Cartwright is "not the first individual we have arrested using their medical marijuana card to conduct illegal marijuana offenses."

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