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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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  1. Big F---- deal. Growing stuff that has no effect on you later? Believe me, I lived in SFO in the 60's, and weed was safer than alcohol and all the other substances. Basically, we are being fooled by these law enforcement SOB's who have nothing else to do-especially Henderson. I'd grow Mary Jane tomorrow except I'm too old. We need to grow up....

  2. ...and I'm sure they'll go to prison for this bs. Decriminalize!

  3. "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."

    All to show how relevant they are to keep their budgets while violating our Constitutions. And to take everything this couple owns without the due process our Constitutions promise.

    "...and I'm sure they'll go to prison for this bs. Decriminalize!"

    luvthadirt -- want to get really POd about it? Check it out @ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst... As early as 1998 -- 14 years ago -- We the people of Nevada amended our Constitution to instruct our Legislature to take the first step for decriminalizing cannabis. So far it's done nothing.

    I remind all each officer in three of those police agencies raiding this home in Henderson -- why were NLV cops involved?? -- took an oath to support, defend and protect the very Constitution including Article 4, Section 38. Their oaths are each officer's personal promise to each of us he/she/it will respect those limits.

    Right.

    "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. The bad thing about this is they did not OWN that house so some landlords home is not tied up in a legal pissing match and betting it is pretty much destroyed.

    Growing large quantities of pot in a home pretty much ruins the house.

  5. I call Bull$hit on that $3,000 per plant!

    @express445 I'm a landlord I would like to know how do you screen potential renters for this activity... It's usally something they don't declare or if they don't have a police record. How are you as a landlord come to a decision and say O.K. I will rent to you.

    I'am just wanting to know Im not trying to be rude.