Sent on 4/22/2016 2:07:24 PM
On April 19, 2016, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department “Narcotic and Special Investigations Section” (NSIS) shut down a large indoor grow operation on the northwest side of Tucson. The investigation started approximately one month ago and concluded on Tuesday, April 19th when search warrants were obtained for two locations, one at the 7000 block of N. Corrida De Venado and the second in the 3200 block of E. Skyline Drive. During the service of the search warrant at the Corrida De Venado location, detectives observed a very high tech indoor grow operation. In this Indoor Marijuana grow, 1106 marijuana plants were located along with a “Hash” processing room in which they were producing “Hash Wax” and “Hash oil.” Detectives also found a large amount of marijuana processing equipment which allowed the suspects to process a high volume of marijuana after it was harvested. The second search warrant location on East Skyline produced more processed marijuana contained in vacuum sealed bags, a hand gun, and a $1000.00 in cash. This residence was not a grow facility, but the residence of one of our arrestees. Conservatively, this grow operation could produce up to 4000 pounds per year at $1,000 to $2,500 per pound, potentially yielding up to ten million dollars per year. The two suspects connected to this marijuana grow operation were arrested and identified as 31-year-old Patrick McDonald and 37-year-old Kyle Sorensen. Both were booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Complex on multiple felony charges.