A massive marijuana grow operation was busted in the southwest part of the valley Thursday evening.
It happened at about 6:30 p.m. near Valley View Boulevard and Southern Highlands Parkway.
Police tell FOX5 there is a lot of evidence to go through at the home on Casellina Court, including roughly 600 marijuana plants with a street value of $3,000 per plant. That adds up to about $1.8 million in plants.
Police arrested two suspects. Police believe they are renters who were using the house for a sophisticated operation. The suspects are Daren O'Brien, who is in his mid to late 40s, and Erik Gurule, late 30s.
In fact, one of the men arrested rolled up to the scene while officers executed the search warrant. Police arrested him upon arrival.
Police said they had been watching the house after receiving tips from neighbors. Inside, police reportedly found plants throughout the house, electrical panels and chemicals that were being dumped into a toilet.
"They are people who really don't care about the community," said Metro's Lt. Laz Chavez. "They don't care about the children that live here. They destroyed the house and put the plants in there and they do everything they can to poison the community."
Police told FOX5 the plants were close to being harvested and everything appears to have been done in a fairly concealed fashion for about four months.
Police said the chemicals and sophisticated electrical system that was in place made the house dangerous.
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