Pot grow house found in gated Tucson community

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z 2014-01-31T10:30:53Z Pot grow house found in gated Tucson communityArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Nearly 120 marijuana plants were found growing at a home in a gated community on the northeast side Tuesday evening.

One of the two people arrested had been convicted in connection with a 2009 home invasion, according to court documents.

Pima County sheriff’s detectives were serving two felony arrest warrants at about 6 p.m. at the home in the 12600 block of East Horsehead Road, near East Snyder Road, when they saw marijuana being grown on the property, Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.

The arrest warrants were served on Jennifer Lynn Parcelluzzi, 24, and Zachary Ralph Morales, 26, who were taken into custody. Rodriguez did not know the basis for the warrants.

After the arrests, detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and found 117 marijuana plants and numerous bags of harvested marijuana.

In addition to the drugs, detectives seized several guns, two vehicles and a few thousand dollars in U.S. currency, Rodriguez said.

Parcelluzzi and Morales were booked into the Pima County jail on charges associated with the arrest warrants and an additional charge of child abuse for exposing a 2-week-old baby to the drugs in the house.

More charges are pending, Rodriguez said.

Court records show that Morales was arrested in 2005 along with five other men, accused of burglarizing a building owned by the University of Arizona. The charges were dismissed.

He also was arrested in October 2009 for taking part in a home invasion. The victim told police he knew the assailants and why they had targeted him. Police found marijuana for sale and cash in the home.

Morales was charged with first-degree burglary, armed robbery and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to armed robbery in the case in March 2011 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years’ probation.

Records indicate Morales served four years in the Marines.

According to county records, the listed owner of the home is a person with the same last name as Parcelluzzi. The house, which sits on about 3½ acres and includes a guesthouse, has an assessed property value of nearly $700,000, according to the Pima County Assessor’s Office.

Kimberly Matas and Patrick McNamara

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