Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Bust Marijuana Caregiver Scam

Matthew Blum | Thomas Finocchio

On September 28 Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detectives executed search warrants at 3802 E Illini St. and 3731 E LaSalle St. on marijuana grow/caregiver scam investigation. Detectives recovered in marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $500,000 for the drugs, cultivating equipment and cash.

Matthew Blum and Thomas Finocchio were arrested.

Detectives seized:

  • 1230 marijuana plants seized
  • 25lbs. cultivated marijuana $120,000.00 value
  • 2lbs. Hash $45,000.00 value
  • $34,000.00 in cash
  • 6 vehicles impounded as evidence
  •  Approximately $250,000.00 of cultivating equipment seized for evidence
  • 5 Handguns

Blum and Finocchio were booked into the 4th avenue jail on the following charges:

  • Conspiracy/participate in a criminal syndicate
  • Money Laundering
  • Manufacturing Narcotic Drugs
  • Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale
  • Cultivating Marijuana for Sale
  • Possession of Marijuana for Sale

Over the last year this operation has been ongoing without proper licensing and taxing required by the state of Arizona and the Butane method used to cultivate these drugs and narcotics is very dangerous. The worth of this operation over the last year is estimated at $9,000,000.00.


  1. If cannabis was legal,” the worth of this operation over the last year is estimated at $9,000,000.00.” would be a laughable statement. In real life, cannabis costs about as much to grow (oh, sorry, “manufacture and produce”) as tomatoes.

    And another thing.
    “…the Butane method used to cultivate these drugs and narcotics is very dangerous.” Butane is not used to cultivate cannabis. This a lie, a scare, typically the tactic of frightened ignorant people.

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    Folk, legalize cannabis. Stop this waste of police resources.

  2. Sounds like they are impressive young men, I’m sure by days end they’ll lawyer up and pay a fine.
    I’m sure this has more to do with the state not getting its cut of the action then the evils of growing drugs.
    Next time they should just come down to Pima county and join forces with the “walking small” Nanos family and operate in full view under total immunity…


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