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Deputies serving warrant discover pot growing operation

COTTONWOOD - Yavapai County sheriff's deputies serving a warrant for failure to pay child support on Monday, Feb. 8, found a marijuana growing operation at a home, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

When the deputies arrived at the home in the 3700 block of East Vaquero Lane at about 11 a.m., the saw 29 marijuana plants outside, D'Evelyn said, and two people, Jamie Meier, 37, and Janice Garcia, 43, were outside on the property.

They were detained, and when Nathaniel Janes, 36, came out, he was arrested on the warrant.

Janes "admitted actively cultivating the marijuana plants that had been found,' D'Evelyn said. "Janes also showed the deputies larger marijuana plants being grown in a storage room attached to the home."

Growing supplied were also found.

During a warrant search, detectives found firearms had been found in Janes's bedroom along with marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine.

Janes was arrested for the outstanding warrant along with charges including possession of marijuana, production of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misconduct involving weapons.

Meier had "salable amounts of heroin and methamphetamine and he admitted to selling narcotics," D'Evelyn said. He was arrested for possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Garcia was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia found within the residence.

Krystal Gonzales, 23, eventually came out and was found in possession of heroin, D'Evelyn said. She was arrested for possession of a narcotic drug.