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Detectives: Marijuana grow house included tunnel, elaborate water system


Courtesy Nye County Sheriff's Office

A photo provided by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office shows a marijuana grow house raided in Pahrump on Friday.

Pahrump grow house

A photo provided by the Nye County Sheriff's Office shows a marijuana grow house raided in Pahrump on Friday. Launch slideshow »

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office discovered a large marijuana grow house in Pahrump on Friday.

Officials raided the house in the 200 block of Wilbur Way on Friday afternoon and discovered a tunnel leading to the growing area, which had an elaborate wiring and water system worth as much as $100,000, officials said.

Most of the marijuana had already been harvested. Detectives found about 50 pounds of harvested plants and about 100 plants that still were growing.

Nye County officials said the person they suspect of being responsible for the grow house, 59-year-old Willi Wirz, was recently arrested in Nebraska, where he was found with 30 pounds of marijuana.

Wirz, who is still in custody in Nebraska, will be charged in Pahrump with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to sell and maintaining a residence for the purpose of narcotics, Nye County officials said.

Detectives said Wirz was renting the home and the owners of the property weren't involved in any criminal activity. The house has major damage that will cost thousands of dollars to repair, officials said.

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  1. All this over a plant. Seriously. What a joke our law enforcement and government is. More people die every year from choking on hotdogs. It would save more lives if they raided a Der Weinerschnitzel.

  2. Tinaa,

    I am assuming it would be ok for these people to come destroy your house and use it as a grow house then?

    You don't seem to get it. It was not HIS HOUSE to do this in and now the owners are going to be out Thousands of dollars to fix it and loss of rent.

  3. "All this over a plant. Seriously."

    tinaa -- waaay seriously. Just one aspect proving the idiocy of marijuana laws is hemp is also illegal. It's a weed! It also makes the best rope. And to underscore the rank hypocrisy of it all, the ONLY reason this nation's original founding documents are still in existence is because they were scribed on hemp parchment.

    "I am assuming it would be ok for these people to come destroy your house and use it as a grow house then?"

    vegaslee -- apples and oranges, or according to you it's OK for the cops to kick in your door and take everything just because your pets destroyed the premises? Get a grip -- this wasn't a meth house, marijuana grow operations don't do that kind of toxic damage.

    "Potheads always say that marijuana is harmless..."

    sandy_astroglide -- another one who needs to get a grip on reality. Marijuana doesn't do the kind of harm you're talking about, the fact that a historically beneficial botanical product was criminalized about half a century ago and there's still a demand for it today is what makes PEOPLE do the harm.

    Everybody -- find and read the LaGuardia Report. Blows the illegality argument completely away.

    "Tobacco, hemp, flax and cotton, are staple commodities." -- from Thomas Jefferson "The Works," vol. 3 (Notes on Virginia I, Correspondence 1780-1782), "A Notice Of The Mines And Other Subterraneous Riches; Its Trees, Plants, Fruits, &C."

  4. I could care less about what the La Guardia Report says. I base my opinions, having grown up in the hippie generation, in watching friends and family become absolutely debilitated by their continued use of MJ. Quit this BS of saying it's just a plant----so are a lot of other very dangerous things just a plant.

    And killerB are you preparing to write more important documents on hemp paper? Thought not. Just another excuse to allow something you enjoy doing which is illegal, and thankfully so.

  5. Now...if you were renting a house - would you go through all that trouble making a tunnel and then an area with electrical wiring and a water system?

    And....this was in Pahrump. Is the soil different there to dig ANYTHING into the ground?

    I don't know, maybe I'm missing something here. But it seems this guy went to a HUGE AMOUNT of trouble to grow his weed... Sure, he was obviously a "businessman" and was going to market the stuff, but come on.

    And the owners not knowing anything about what he did to their house????? Neighbors didn't notice anything?

  6. "I could care less about what the La Guardia Report says."

    bartnrod -- if you're at all interested in this issue beyond the headlines, you should care. It proved the anti-marijuana laws, pushed by a Hoover wannabe pipsqueak named Harry Anslinger, had no basis in harming anyone. No harm = no crime.

    Other than the above you get nothing more from me until you post something less personal.

    "The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people." - Noam Chomsky

  7. I doubt this guy has any regrets from looking at the seriousness of the operation. Enjoy your paid vacation in the federal/state penitentiary. Bye Bye.

  8. I think alot more is missing from this case...