SADDLEBROOKE, Ariz. – Pinal County sheriff's deputies arrested a man after finding a marijuana-growing operation at his home.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Narcotic Task Force served a search warrant at Stephen Cartwright's home in Saddlebrooke after receiving a tip that he was growing and selling high-grade hydroponic marijuana out of his residence north of Tucson.
Task force members discovered a highly sophisticated marijuana-growing operation, which included 97 hydroponic and soil-based marijuana plants in various stages of growth, according to Sgt. Pat Ramirez.
Detectives also found approximately 64 pounds of packaged marijuana ready for sale, psychedelic mushrooms and drug paraphernalia.
Detectives confiscated $194,000 worth of marijuana plants, $128,400 worth of packaged marijuana and about $1,700 in cash.
Ramirez said Cartwright is a medical marijuana cardholder.
"Stephen Cartwright used his medical marijuana card to grow marijuana and then sell it for profit," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "Stephen is not the first individual we have arrested using their medical marijuana card to conduct illegal marijuana offenses. This case shows how difficult enforcement has become with medical marijuana."
Cartwright was booked into the Pinal County Jail in Florence and faces numerous drug charges.