(LAS VEGAS KXNT)–Seven people have been indicted on federal drug charges in the recent discovery of marijuana grow houses in Las Vegas and Henderson, including an 81 year old man. The U.S. Attorneys office says the seven were indicted last week and that six of the defendants have since been arrested.
Included is 81 year old Eli Pinsonault of Henderson.
The others charged are Bruce Rogat, 64, Daniel Pinsonault, 57, Mark Pinsonault, 49, Ezekiel Parraz, 30, Jeremy Greene-Lewis, 31, and Candice Blackwell, 29. They have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. A news release from the U.S. Attorney says they are also charged variously with other drug crimes, including maintaining drug-involved premises, manufacture of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, including marijuana, THC, and psilocybin.
According to the indictment, beginning on about Aug. 25, 2011, and continuing to Nov. 30, 2012, the defendants conspired to manufacture at least 100 marijuana plants. Three homes are alleged to have been used as marijuana grow houses – 815 Sun Bridge Lane, in Henderson; 7330 Flintstone Street in Las Vegas, and 325 New Hope Drive, in Henderson. The total number of marijuana plants involved is not specified in the indictment, other than it is over 100. The total amount of marijuana that was possessed for the purpose of distribution is alleged to be over 20 kilograms.
The defendants have been released pending a trial, currently set for April 9, and are set for an inital appearance and arraignment on Feb. 28, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.
If convicted, the defendants face five to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million.