Drug bust catches Henderson neighborhood by surprise
A former college baseball coach was arrested during a grow house bust in Henderson on Thursday. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Police busted a grow house in Henderson on Thursday. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Henderson, NV (KTNV)- We are learning more information on the 2 people arrested Thursday night after police busted the grow house they were living in. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- A former College of Southern Nevada baseball coach is one of two people busted in a sophisticated grow house operation that many neighbors never suspected.
A drug task force pulled about $558,000 worth of marijuana plants out of a home in Henderson, near Red Sunset Park, on Thursday night.
Residents in the area had no idea what their neighbors were allegedly up to.
"That's scary to think that teachers or coaches can be working with our kids, and we don't even know that they're doing this at home," neighbor Leann Welton said.
Welton witnessed her neighbors, 28-year-old Candice Blackwell and 29-year-old Ezekiel Parraez, get taken away in handcuffs after police made the discovery.
Parraez was an assistant baseball coach at CSN until his part-time contract ended in May.
Lieutenant Las Chavez with Metro said the operation included chemicals, exposed wiring and flammable devices that posed a danger to the home and the neighborhood.
The operation was discovered when one neighbor reported smelling marijuana to police.
"I for sure thought that somebody was actually smoking," Welton said.
Authorities say the marijuana plants had been growing for 8 to 10 months before anyone caught on.
"These houses unfortunately can sometimes be right underneath your noses," Chavez said. "We've found them inside country clubs. We've found them inside gated communities."