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Pahrump drug bust nets $5.7 million worth of marijuana, officials say


Nye County Sheriff"s Office

Marijuana filled a room at 2440 Turtle Street in Pahrump in August 2011. The alleged operator of the grow house was 28-year-old Amos Cavallo.

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Detectives are still searching for the alleged operator of the grow houses, 28-year-old Amos Cavallo. He fled the scene as deputies arrived at the 2440 Turtle Street residence.

Pahrump Marijuana Operations

Marijuana filled a room at 2440 Turtle Street in Pahrump in August 2011. The alleged operator of the grow house was 28-year-old Amos Cavallo. Launch slideshow »

Two marijuana grow houses in Pahrump allegedly operated by the same man could have yielded about $5.7 million on the streets, according to Nye County deputies.

Detectives discovered the first operation at 2010 S. Manzanita Ave. in Pahrump on Aug. 8 after serving a search warrant based on an anonymous tip, officials said. Inside, authorities found 243 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, weighing about 160 pounds, deputies said.

Evidence at the home indicated that 28-year-old Amos John Cavallo allegedly operated the grow house, authorities said. Deputies then executed a search warrant at 2440 Turtle St. in Pahrump, where they thought Cavallo might be living.

Detectives discovered a larger cultivating operation at that home, containing 1,726 marijuana plants in various stages of growth as well as processed marijuana. Deputies also seized 4 grams of methamphetamine and prescription medication at the home, officials said.

Deputies said Cavallo allegedly spliced into the electric supply at both residences and manipulated power so it didn’t pass through the electric meter and cost additional money.

Cavallo fled the Turtle Street home as detectives arrived and is being sought by authorities. He faces charges of maintaining a place to sell/use/give away a controlled substance, trafficking marijuana, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia for manufacturing a controlled substance and theft of a public utility.

Authorities described Cavallo as white, about 5-feet-11-inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about his location is being asked to contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 751-7000 or via email.

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