Deputies seize $150,000 in pot plants

A Gardnerville Ranchos man and his 19-year-old son will appear in court today after investigators seized 110 marijuana plants worth at least $150,000 growing at their Banner Drive home Monday.

Arnold Huddin, 47, and his son, Ryan, were in Douglas County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bail each. The suspects were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a house where controlled substances are sold.

The Huddins are set to appear in East Fork Justice Court today on the felony charges.

Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Biaggini said the finished marijuana product weighed 2 1/2 pounds.

The marijuana plants ranged in size from a couple of inches to more than 6 feet tall.

Deputies said Arnold Huddin had a permit from the Nevada Department of Agriculture which allowed him to grow and possess a small amount of marijuana for medical purposes. The permit allows seven plants and 1 ounce of dried marijuana.

Huddin claimed that he was growing marijuana for another person with a permit which would have allowed him 14 plants at his home.

In addition to the plants, deputies seized dried marijuana and what they believed to be hashish and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Biaggini said the drugs would be destroyed once the sheriff's department receives clearance from the District Attorney's office.

Deputies were tipped to the cultivation operation at the Huddin residence in the 1300 block of Banner Drive.


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