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2/27/2013 6:00:00 AM
Marijuana grow busted in Golden Valley
Deputies seize more than 500 plants
A tip led Mohave County law enforcement officers to a house on South Concho Road, where a large marijuana-growing operation was found.MCSO/Courtesy
A tip led Mohave County law enforcement officers to a house on South Concho Road, where a large marijuana-growing operation was found.
MCSO/Courtesy
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Local law enforcement officers arrested two Golden Valley residents and shut down a marijuana grow operation with more than 500 plants Friday evening.

Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team detectives and Mohave County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant in the 1100 block of South Concho Road after receiving a tip that the residents might be growing marijuana.

A search of the garage revealed a sophisticated lighting, watering and cooling system equipped with timers that was supporting 448 plants. Another smaller system with 80 plants was set up in the house.

Officers also seized 28 pounds of marijuana and hashish that was already packaged for sale, a vacuum sealing system used to package the drugs and several weapons.

Michael Anthony Lozano, 23, and Kristina Lynn Pineda, 20, both of Golden Valley, were arrested for felony marijuana production, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon during a drug offense.

According to sheriff's department spokeswoman Tricia Carter, the seized marijuana has a street value of more than $1 million.

A system like the one set up in the house costs in excess of $20,000, she said.

The firearms seized were a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a semiautomatic .22 caliber handgun.

The case remains under investigation.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Liberal and Proud Democrat

A bunch of hypocrites, here we have the Mayor's son getting a slap on the wrist and then you equate that two people who have hispanic last names as illegals. Your not just hypocrites your just STUPID.

Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
Article comment by: Gene Mertl

over the years all these big pot busts where does this pot go?they say they burn it do u ever smell it in the air or does it just hit the streets under different circumstances

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: mama mia

so.... you can take a seed, plant it in the earth and let it grow and it produces a beautiful plant that just so happens to give a natural medical benefit to those how suffer from many medical ailments....... and some how this is bad? I realize there is a law that we must uphold and obey..... but really this is a all natural medicine that has no risk of overdose or addition and it is still being portrayed as a "dangerous drug" there are bigger worries here in Kingman... METH and I think our law inforcement should start cracking down on them instead of the potheads who are not harming anyone..... I havent heard of any high speed car chases or shoot outs involving someone who got "stoned"

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Larry Wilson

Can you imagine the power bill these people got to grow this stuff. That's how the find most of thses places.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Citizen Me.

Giving business back to the Mexicans. Awesome. Nosy neighbors. Awesome.
I wonder how much longer before mohave County purchases a dozen or more drones so that they can make sure that it's people are safe from the perils of big government and legal overreach. We'll all be safe and free then.

Did everyone know that there is no ammo in stock anywhere ? Funny. Should be a fun year.

The cartels are now using air-cannons mounted on trucks to shoot 70 pound Marijuana bricks into our Country. It's funny, I don't think they even care about the money anymore, just toss it over the fence, let the tax payer pay to dispose of it. We'll sit across the fence and laugh our asses off watching you worry about that whilst the terrorists are being smuggled in through the tunnels.

I think we should bring back manufacturing and agricultural jobs back to America. If we made as much heroin, meth, and weed as comes over the border, we can fix our economy by using the cartel business model. We simply start sending all of our superior product back over the fence and sell it there, then use the profits to pay back the chinese.

What's really funny is that the combined income of all the cartels could probably pay off almost 1/4 our debt. I think that's a conservative estimate. And the $85 billion we just cut from out budget is probably about how much the cartels expect to Gross by next Summer.

Fun Year Indeed.


Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Wickerd

They had a great business plan, were obviously working hard at high tech agricultural production of an industrial and medical plant...now they get to spend 20 years in prison on our dime, and be unemployable when they get out. For what, growing medicine that never killed anyone? This is a tragedy and the MCSO has nothing to be proud of! It would have been better if they ignored the tip and busted up a meth dealer's chemistry lab instead!

Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Article comment by: Morton Darmenda

Some of you citizens think you're happy about this? Hah! The drug cartels in Mexico are the HAPPIEST! Yeah, you smart folks keep reinforcing this plant's "public enemy" status and the drug cartels are laughing at YOU. Yeah, the jokes is on YOU.

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: Thank you law enforcement!

@ Really...
I am being realistic. About 1/2 of those I knew who smoke, were using their drug of choice. They have all the same arguments that you choose to use… My eyes are fully open, because I choose to keep drugs (alcohol and nicotine included), out of it. And the eyes of weed smokers are always half closed. Weed smokers can't be realistic when their heads are so befuddled on THC. Realistically, I don't expect any dope smoker to understand this though.


Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@pl......

"The search warrant was only required for court purposes, otherwise they just enter premises illegally."

Ogf course, because as always, it is all about you and your persecution fairy tales. So the cops did nothing in illegal in thia case, right Phil?

Are indictments and arrest in the offing yet?

LOL


Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: Really ...

@ Thank you
Sorry to tell you that your family and friends were doing more than smoking pot. Be realistic


Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: To Much

Three questions...1. They had to have contracted a company to build that large building right? The company that built the structure did not wonder why so big? 2. The neighbors did not ask questions to see if a business was moving to Golden Valley? That is not a garage, that is a warehouse.

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: Thank you law enforcement!

Thank you M.A.G.N.E.T.! I watched all my old friends and X family deteriorate using this drug. I for one am glad to see it go. To all those who think no harm comes of weed? I have seen the negative effects, and I have watched smart people become stupid on this drug.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

What a waste of police time and money all for something that was legal until the 1930's . Our forefathers grew it and smoked it and somehow they managed to create a great country. 750,000 people in jail wasting the taxpayers money and making criminals out of citizens. I want my country back from these so called conservatives. Keep your religion out of my bedroom and your cops out of my garden.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: PL .....

with people dropping like flies around Kingman as soulless snitches and their reptile handlers earn a living and manage to stay out of prison, how did these two think they would get away with a major drug operation right there in Golden Valley? The search warrant was only required for court purposes, otherwise they just enter premises illegally.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Stupid Does As Stupid Gets

YAYYYYYY-WTG ,now,get the rest of them.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Pinto Beans

I'm sure the growers were simply going to make paper products and clothing from these plants. This is simply a case of misunderstanding by law enforcement.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: What ever happen to probable cause MR.C.

What ever happen to probable cause? to enter someones home and search it, acting entirely on the bases of a "tip" what next!!

There most be more to this story, at least I certainly would hope so.


Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: jack a lope

but since it is not legal, and they know it is not legal, this is a pair of criminals. ... people who can not be trusted.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Place. .

Its to bad they cant grow legaly, Can you imagine what an extra 1 mil would do for mohave county if it was able to hit full circle? Pot is not a dangerous drug, from the Doctors to the crack heads smoke pot. In comparison this is less deadly than the Zoloft you buy or the beer you guzzle. 1 Million, wow! Now our cops can smoke it for free, and the lawyer that they pay to prosecute them.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Good Grief

That can't be a garage -- it looks like a gymnasium.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Help Needed

That's wonderful. I suppose now they will need a few volunteers to test the goods to see if it is okay for human consumption for medical purposes. I volunteer whole heartedly!

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: John Dale

The majority of people in the area do not want to pay for this enforcement. What a waste of everyone's time and money for a plant that is at the root of Colorado's booming hemp economy. Just a sad waste of resources. Congratulations, you've busted hard working entrepreneurial FARMERS.

Bulldogs class of '93


Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

there must have been a money man, and others to support this.
But.. congrats to Mohave county Sheriff's dept !


Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

If weed were legal this would be an article about how an American entrepreneur invested in small business and now has huge profits.

At the very least can't you all be glad this wasn't going to a cartel that smuggled this across the border from Mexico?




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