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October 8, 2015

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Neighbors’ tip leads to arrests in marijuana grow-house operation in Henderson

Former Green Valley, UNLV baseball standout one of two people arrested

Ezekiel Parraez

Ezekiel Parraez

Candice Blackwell

Candice Blackwell

Area of growing operation

A former UNLV baseball player and assistant coach at the College of Southern Nevada was arrested Thursday night after law enforcement officials uncovered an indoor marijuana grow operation at a Henderson home.

Ezekiel Parraez, 29, and Candice Blackwell, 28, were arrested after police found about 186 marijuana plants, with an approximate street value of $558,000, in a home on the 300 block of New Hope Drive, near Arroyo Grande Boulevard and Santiago Drive.

Law enforcement described the grow set-up as "very sophisticated" and said in a release it appeared to have been in existence for several months. Neighbors tipped off law enforcement about the possible presence of a marijuana grow house, Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The two suspects face charges of marijuana possession, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Parraez, a 2001 graduate of Green Valley High School, played baseball for UNLV in 2004 and 2005 after transferring from University of Georgia. He was listed as an assistant coach for the CSN Coyotes baseball team for 2011 and 2012.

Both Parraez and Blackwell are jailed at the Clark County Detention Center, Cassell said.

A joint task force featuring agents from Metro Police, Henderson Police, North Las Vegas Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Forest Service participated in the bust.

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