The
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking, or PANT
task force, is announcing six arrests and the seizure of nearly 200 marijuana
plants, mushrooms, and firearms in an elaborate scheme to trick the department
of health services into allowing them to grow medical marijuana.

 
  Sheriff’s Spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says the
suspects listed the Seligman address as their homes, even though they all lived
within the 25-mile radius of a pot dispensary that would have precluded their
legally growing any pot at all.  D’Evelyn
says these suspects used armed intimidation tactics to keep people away from
their illegal grow operation.  D’Evelyn says
they will be working closely with state health officials to ensure that only
legitimate medical marijuana growers and users grow and use it.

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