3 Arrested after marijuana-growing operation found in Prescott Valley home

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – Authorities in Prescott Valley arrested three people after discovering an indoor marijuana-growing operation.

Information had been obtained regarding illicit drug activity at a residence in the 8400 block of Leigh Drive following an unrelated criminal investigation, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The multiagency Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking helped Prescott Valley police detectives serve a search warrant on Sept. 17.

Sheriff's officials said the home was occupied by three people and detectives found two bedrooms converted strictly for the use of growing marijuana plants.

Detectives reportedly found 45 plants in various stages of maturity, drug-related paraphernalia, growing equipment and supplies, and two shotguns.

There was no legal basis for this operation, according to officials.

Lee Mahoney, 36, Christine Cronin, 29, and Mercedes Clark, 23, were arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.

Mahoney and Cronin face charges of production of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a drug offense. Each has since been released on a $4,000 bond. Clark faces a felony charge of possession of marijuana and has been released on a $1,000 bond.