YUMA, Ariz. – The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man upon the discovery of a full-scale marijuana growing operation. Deputies responded to a home in the 10500 Block of E. Sapphire Drive in reference to an unknown disturbance.
When deputies arrived they said they saw marijuana and a marijuana growing operation in plain view. That’s when deputies contacted the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force (YCNTF)—which is a multi-agency task force comprised of officers and agents from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, the Somerton Police Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations—to assist with the narcotics investigation.
YCNTF investigators served a narcotics search warrant at the residence, which led to the discovery of a full scale marijuana grow operation complete with artificial lighting, a timer, ballasts, water jugs, watering can, fertilizers, various chemicals, and marijuana seeds; all of which were located in a travel trailer on the property which was being used as the grow room. Twelve marijuana plants were also contained in the grow room at the time. Approximately one ounce of marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia were also located in the main residence.
YCSO said Evan Esparza, 31, of Yuma, Ariz., was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Detention Center for production of marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to call the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 783-4427 to report any suspected drug activity or visit our website at www.yumacountysheriff.org to submit an anonymous tip.