Child Protective Services investigator arrested in pot bust

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A Child Protective Services investigator and two other people were arrested on drug charges after police found marijuana growing inside a Flagstaff home.

Flagstaff police Sgt. James Jackson said agents from the Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at a home near Thompson Street and Mikey Drive after receiving tips about illegal marijuana sales and marijuana growing in the house.

The agents found approximately 2 pounds of cultivated marijuana and seized another 22 marijuana plants, which were in several stages of maturity, according to Jackson.

The agents also seized several items of paraphernalia, including lights used to assist in the growth of marijuana plants.

Jackson said the value of marijuana varies from $500 to $2,000 per pound depending on the potency.

Antonio Valdez, 30, and Ariana Anton, 27, were booked into Coconino County Jail on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jackson said Anton has been employed by Child Protective Services since November 2006.

John Molina, 28, was later arrested and booked on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.