RENO, NV - As much as 14 pounds of marijuana, $60,000 worth, discovered at a Sun Valley home leads to four arrests.
On Saturday, September 17, 2011, the Sheriff's Office received an anonymous Secret Witness tip reporting people in the 5400 block of Slope Drive in Sun Valley were growing large amounts of marijuana plants on their property.
Deputies responded to the residence and in their initial approach acknowledged a strong distinct odor of marijuana coming from the property. In plain view, Deputies also observed a large marijuana plant growing near a chicken coop which was next to the dwelling.
Deputies talked to the property owner, 48-year-old Alan Jones, who gave Deputies consent to search the property. During the search, they found three more mature marijuana plants and a storage shed filled with 10 additional harvesting plants.
Total, discovered was 14 plants that could have potentially yielded as much as 14 pounds of illicit product. This would equal an approximate street value of $60,000.
Three other adults were taken into custody, 45-year-old Leslie Alexander, 20-year-old Cody Morse, and 18-year-old Kirsten Jones.
Fifteen smoking pipes with marijuana residue were seized as well. The plants and paraphernalia were transported and booked into evidence too.
All four suspects were arrested and transported to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility, where they were each booked for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, felony Possession of Marijuana, felony Cultivating Marijuana, and misdemeanor Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Each arrestee's bail has been set at $6,305.
We encourage the public to continue utilizing Secret Witness as an avenue for community members who wish to provide anonymous information to local law enforcement agencies. To learn more about Secret Witness, go to their website: http://www.secretwitness.com/