PCSO: Detectives find over 200 pot plants in Oracle man's possession

A man was arrested for growing marijuana after citizens in a neighborhood watch reported suspicious activity in their community.

Pinal County Sheriff's deputies got a tip from the watch about unusual activity at a business near American Avenue and Sycamore Drive.  Officials say the watch members reported an individual would come and go every day to the building and only stay for a short time.

Per PCSO, "The windows were painted black, the air conditioning was never on and the electric meter was running all the time.  A deputy was sent to investigate and could immediately smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the building."

After a search warrant was issued, detectives entered the building and discovered 60 full grown marijuana plants, several industrial grow lights, over 50 harvested pot plants and a hydro system to grow them.

Surveillance was conducted at the business on Tuesday and 46-year-old Jarod Corley was later arrested.

When deputies searched Corley's home, they found 121 more plants, several pounds of marijuana and additional growing equipment.  His vehicles and trailer were seized by deputies.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Neighborhood Watch Programs are located throughout Pinal County. They serve as additional eyes and ears for our office. The citizens of Oracle are very concerned about marijuana grow facilities popping up in their town and this Neighborhood Block Watch ensured Jarod Corley will not be growing marijuana ever again in their community."

Corley was booked into the Pinal County Sheriff's Jail for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, production of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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