2 Marijuana-growing operations dismantled in Holbrook

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HOLBROOK, Ariz. -- Navajo County authorities dismantled two separate marijuana-growing operations and took two longtime Holbrook residents into custody.

Detectives from the Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team received information that Gaven Martinez, 61, and Kenneth Ashcraft, 57, were growing marijuana at their homes.

Armed with a search warrant, detectives found drug paraphernalia and 29 mature marijuana plants, valued at $29,000, growing in Martinez's backyard on Aug. 16, according to the Navajo County Sheriff's Office. Detectives seized the marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Martinez was not booked into jail, but felony charges will be sought through the Navajo County Attorney’s Office for possession of marijuana, production of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, detectives found drug paraphernalia, multiple weapons and 27 mature marijuana plants, valued at $27,000, growing in Ashcraft's home, according to sheriff's office officials.

One of the weapons, valued at $400, had been reported stolen.

Detectives seized the paraphernalia, marijuana and weapons. 

Ashcraft was arrested and booked into the Navajo County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, production of marijuana and possessions of drug paraphernalia, weapons violations and possession of stolen property.

He was released on his own recognizance by the Holbrook Justice Court.

Note: Since Martinez has not been arrested at this time, a booking photo is not available.