Man is arrested in pot-growing case

2013-03-22T00:00:00Z 2013-03-26T09:33:01Z Man is arrested in pot-growing caseCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A 42-year-old man turned himself in to Tucson police Thursday after investigators located a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation in his house and a warehouse.

Ronald James Sisco is facing charges of unlawful possession of marijuana for sale, unlawful cultivation of marijuana for sale, unlawful possession of narcotic paraphernalia and child abuse, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman.

Sisco was booked into the Pima County jail.

During the investigation, detectives found out that Sisco had his nearly 2-year-old child living with him, Widmer said. The child is believed to be with family members, and not in danger, Widmer said.

According to Widmer:

On March 14 at about 5:30 p.m., South Tucson police officers noticed an odor of fresh marijuana in the area of South Sixth Avenue and West 35th Street.

Tucson police were called in to assist, and detectives from the multiagency Counter Narcotics Alliance task force obtained a search warrant for a warehouse, which was partially converted into a residence. The building was on a fenced lot.

The warehouse had a "sophisticated marijuana-growing operation." Detectives found 356 marijuana plants growing inside the residence and more than 53 pounds of cultivated hydroponic marijuana in the residence and warehouse.

The marijuana had a street value of about $1.6 million, Widmer said. Detectives also found $18,000 in cash.

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