AZDPS Bust Northern Arizona Pot Grow, 7 Arrested

[AZDPS Photo]

Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives busted a northern Arizona pot growing operation, following a four-week long investigation. Troopers arrested 7 people in connection with two illegal marijuana cultivation operations.

The Mohave County Criminal Targeting Unit (MCCTU) coordinated residential search warrants on two properties in Yavapai County and seized a large amount of marijuana and other evidence.

Evidence seized included:

  • 791 pounds of cultivated (raw) marijuana
  • 67 marijuana plants
  • 180 grams of THC wax
  • 107 grams of LSD (hallucinogenic drug)
  • 1 gram of hallucinogenic mushrooms
  • 16 pills (unknown type)
  • Four firearms
  • Over $4,300.00 in US currency
  • The 7 people face numerous charges including: possession of marijuana for sale, production of marijuana for sale, possession of narcotics, production of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs and fraudulent schemes. The suspects have been identified as:

    • Keith Arnold Hogave 39, Fort Mohave, AZ
    • Wiley David King 71, Quartzsite, AZ
    • Tessa Rose Stover Blovin 26, Quartzsite, AZ
    • David John Venus 58, Fort Mohave, AZ
    • Vanessa Rose Bennett 39, Seligman, AZ
    • Mitchell Ray Kirkley 48, Seligman, AZ