Accused Glendale marijuana grower indicted

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James Goulding By Jennifer Thomas James Goulding By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Glendale man has been indicted on drug charges after authorities discovered a marijuana grow operation, according to the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

The Arizona State Grand Jury handed down an indictment of James Goulding, 29, last week for two counts of production of marijuana, two counts of possession of marijuana for sale, two counts of misconduct involving weapons and illegally conducting an enterprise.

Deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested Goulding on Jan. 14 after receiving a tip that led to a house near Glendale Avenue and Dysart Road. Goulding was taken into custody as he was leaving the home.

Authorities found a sophisticated grow operation with 423 high-grade marijuana plants inside the house. The marijuana weighed over 45 pounds and had a street value of more than $300,000.

Authorities also searched Goulding's home near Bethany Home Road and 61st Avenue where they found more than 5 pounds of packaged high-grade marijuana, an additional 96 plants, a 12-gauge shotgun and drug sale ledgers.

Goulding, previously convicted of a marijuana cultivation offense in Maricopa County in 2012, was on probation at the time of this offense.

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