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Marijuana Grow Operation Bigger Than Initially Thought

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Alligator found at one of the grow houses Alligator found at one of the grow houses
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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have released more information about the bust of four marijuana grow houses over the last week that netted around 2,200 plants and several pounds of the drug ready for sale.

According to police, the SCORE Team, which stands for Southern Nevada Cannabis Operation and Regional Enforcement, and Metro's SWAT unit executed search warrants on the houses starting Jan. 23.

In the first house, which is near Bermuda Road and Cactus Avenue, officers found that the entire second floor had been converted into a growing operation where 468 plants were growing. They also found 56 pounds of marijuana ready for sale. Police arrested 34-year-old Rudy Rivera of California.

In the second house, which is near Decatur Boulevard and Windmill Lane, police found 425 plants and 1.5 pounds of marijuana ready for sale. They also found a five-foot long alligator that was later euthanized.

The same day, police busted an operation at a home near Patrick Lane and Sandhill Road. They seized 758 plants and 4.3 pounds of marijuana ready for sale.

Tuesday night, officers raided another home in a neighborhood near Bermuda Road and Cactus Avenue. They found that the entire second floor of the home, which included five bedrooms, was being used to grow 613 plants. They also found one gun. Officers arrested 27-year-old Joseph Ramirez from California.

Police say that all of the properties were rentals homes and the two men arrested were connected to the properties. Officers say the men had tapped into the main electrical line entering the home, bypassing the meter, so the operation could avoid detection by police.

The suspects are facing numerous charges each, including possession of marijuana, intent to sell and trafficking marijuana.

Police estimate the value of the plants at $5.6 million and the total value of the marijuana that was packaged for sale at $198,000.

According to the SCORE Team, they have busted 10 marijuana grow house so far in 2014.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Narcotics Section at (702) 828-3461, or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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