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Vegas man facing federal charges for pot farm

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A Las Vegas man who was arrested last year following a bust of narcotics worth more than $600,000 now faces federal drug charges related to that operation.

David Allen Garretson, 55, was arrested Thursday by law enforcement officers that included  Southern Nevada anti-narcotics and FBI SWAT teams.

Las Vegas Metro police said Garretson was apprehended at a residence near Windmill Lane and Placid Street about 6 a.m.

Garretson was the subject of a FOX5 special report last November that involved marijuana grow operations in residential neighborhoods.

In the report, FOX5 accompanied members of the Southern Nevada Cannabis Operation and Regional Enforcement (SCORE) in the bust. During the Nov. 5, 2011 seizure, Garretson and his son lived on a one-acre lot where the alleged operation was found.

Police seized 134 marijuana plants and 28 pounds of ready-to-sell marijuana, as well as synthetic marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, guns and nearly $18,000 in cash. The special report also illustrated Garretson as someone who was forthcoming about his operation, having posted pictures on Facebook.

About that time, Garretson faced Nevada charges related to the alleged operation. Metro said on Thursday the state charges were dropped to make way for a federal indictment.

His charges included:

  • Conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance;
  • Manufacture of a controlled substance;
  • Maintaining a drug-involved premises;
  • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute;
  • Prohibited person in possession of a firearm;
  • and Aiding and abetting.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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