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Pair charged in raids on 4 marijuana grow houses

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Joseph Ramirez (left) and Rudy Rivera. (Source: LVMPD) Joseph Ramirez (left) and Rudy Rivera. (Source: LVMPD)
Police in hazmat suits with numerous marijuana plants seized from a house on Lilly Haven Avenue in Las Vegas on Jan. 24, 2014. (Erik Ho/FOX5) Police in hazmat suits with numerous marijuana plants seized from a house on Lilly Haven Avenue in Las Vegas on Jan. 24, 2014. (Erik Ho/FOX5)
Clark County Animal Control officers handle a 5-foot alligator that was seized during a marijuana grow house raid on Jan. 24, 2014. (Source: LVMPD) Clark County Animal Control officers handle a 5-foot alligator that was seized during a marijuana grow house raid on Jan. 24, 2014. (Source: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Police said two men have been charged in connection with recent raids on four Las Vegas houses where marijuana was being grown.

The first raid happened at 10 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 10000 block of Tawny Buck Court, where Las Vegas Metro police said they seized 468 marijuana plants and 56 pounds of marijuana ready for sale. They said 34-year-old Rudy Rivera, of California, was arrested in connection with the find.

The second search warrant was served at 8:30 a.m. Friday at a home in the 8000 block of Wards Ferry Street. Police said they found 425 marijuana plants at the home, 1.5 pounds of ready-to-sale pot and a 5-foot-long alligator. The alligator was later turned over to the state Department of Wildlife and euthanized, which officials said was required by state law.

Six minutes later, police raided a home in the 3700 block of Lily Haven Avenue, where officials said they found 758 pot plants and 4.3 pounds of marijuana ready for sale.

The latest search happened Tuesday afternoon at a home in the 500 block of Mossy Bark Court, where police said they found 613 marijuana plants and a gun. They said 27-year-old Joseph Ramirez, also of California, was charged in connection with that raid.

Investigators said they believe Rivera and Ramirez are connected to the grow operations at all four locations.

Both men were charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell marijuana and trafficking marijuana. Ramirez was also charged with conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The marijuana that was seized had a street value of nearly $5.8 million.

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