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Las Vegas Marijuana Grow House Busted

A former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball player was arrested when police found a “sophisticated” marijuana growing operation in his Las Vegas home. Twenty-nine year old Ezekiel Parraez and 28 year old Candice Blackwell are being held in the Clark County Detention Center, facing several charges.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, police were alerted to the possibility of a grow house by concerned neighbors. Police found an operation which they described as “very sophisticated,” adding that it appeared to have been there for several months.

About 186 marijuana plants were taken from the home, plants with an estimated street value of $558,000.

The marijuana trade is a lucrative business. There is a high demand for pot and though it’s likely one of the easiest “drugs” to get a hold of, the demand always overreaches the supply.

But entering into a business like this comes with serious consequences if you are caught.

Growing up to 2,000 pounds of marijuana is a felony that could result in up to 5 years in prison. This crime comes with a mandatory 1 year sentence. Meaning, if you are caught growing pot — any amount up to 2,000 pounds— you will serve no less than one year in prison and up to five years.

The penalties increase as the amount of marijuana increases.

While the penalties for possession and even possession with intent to distribute are less than cultivation, they are still quite serious.

For possession, the penalty you face increases with every conviction. This means, if it is your first time being charged with a crime like this, you won’t likely serve any jail time. However, if it is your fourth or greater offense (of possession of less than 1 ounce), you will go to jail for 1 to 4 years. This is a felony charge.

Many people think that marijuana charges aren’t that serious. And when compared with other crimes, they may be right. But, marijuana charges can still carry stiff penalties and a possible felony conviction on your record.

When you are accused of a marijuana offense, you need a local defense lawyer on your side, fighting for your best interests and working to get you the best results possible. Contact our offices today to discuss the details of your case and how we might be able to help.

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