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3/27/2013 6:00:00 AM
Gunfight report leads to marijuana seizure
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Doug McMurdo
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GOLDEN VALLEY - A running gunfight that might have involved only one person ended with the discovery of another marijuana grow operation in Golden Valley.

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded to a shots fired call Friday morning. The caller, David Brian Brawner, 51, told a dispatcher there were several people outside of his residence in the 5000 block of Bali Hi Drive who were shooting at him and that he was returning fire.

Brawner, wearing an empty holster and carrying a fistful of bullets when deputies arrived, told them he had been firing at a person in his backyard.

Deputies found no one else at the location and there was no evidence anyone had shot at Brawner's home. Two windows were shot out from the inside, however.

During their safety check, deputies spotted marijuana plants throughout the residence. They confiscated a 40-caliber handgun, a rifle and a shotgun and arrested Brawner on a felony charge of misconduct with a weapon.

Detectives with the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team and deputies returned later in the day with a search warrant and found an active marijuana grow operation.

There were numerous plastic bags containing pot seeds and multiple jars containing four pounds of weed along with 40 plants.

The Sheriff's Office estimated the street value of the crop to be about $170,000, according to spokeswoman Trish Carter.

The find yielded additional charges of marijuana production, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies.

This was the second grow operation in Golden Valley that MAGNET has busted in the past month.

In late February, two people were arrested and more than 500 plants were seized from a home in the 1100 block of South Concho Road.

In addition to the plants, officers confiscated about 28 pounds of marijuana already packaged for sale, along with a quantity of hashish.

Carter at the time estimated the street value at roughly $1 million.

Michael Anthony Lozano, 23, and Kristina Lynn Pineda, 20, both of Golden Valley, were arrested at the South Concho house.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: nnp nno

I hope we do see more. It's about time people stop legislating morality. They tried it with alcohol (the most abused drug in the nation especially by our youths) and it didn't work then. You can drink yourself in to a coma and die. You smoke too much pot and go to sleep and wake up hungry.

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

funny thing. I get another rude challenge from Frank Lee Speaking, which I again have answered credibly, and no response from him. What response could he have here? I didn't really have space to detail Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International reports on the American criminal justice system. As things stand today, Togoland is the only other nation on earth which incarcerates a greater percentage of its population. And these reports do not generally detail the surreptitious crimes practised by this Government, and their profiteering from it through their collusively-produced films. Too bad, as this is some of the juiciest stuff, as they not only rendition their victims in film, but really are letting you know some things about their future plans. This article about a marijuana bust isn't so rich in underlying principle - just look at the guy's photo above. But the overall picture is profound.

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Me Joe Too

Looks to me like the cops are figuring 4k per pound which is probably about right for wholesale on the streets in the black market in Arizona. I'm also guessing they're counting the four pounds found in the jars and maybe the guy getting at least one pound of decent bud per plant upon a successful harvest of the 40 plants. If that is a photo of the grow site in question I'm thinking that guy would have been lucky to get a couple decent ounces per plant out of his Elmer Fudd setup. So yeah, totally inflated values but what the hell do I know.

Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013
Article comment by: PL .....

@FLS.....where do you want to start? How about The Innocence Project, whose statistics indicate the average prison sentence for those later proven to have been wrongfully convicted is 13.5 years. There's Illinois' Center For Wrongful Convictions, which has freed dozens in the event. There's Philip Smarto's book, "Keeping Ex-Offenders Free" (he was a Chicago probation officer before becoming advisor to the Illinois Supreme Court), wherein he writes "...virtually every person who passes through the Am,erican criminal justice system suffers injustice at one or more stages of that system". You have former New York DEA chief Michael Levine's devastating account of abuses committed in The War On Drugs - some of this in the May-June issue 1996 of The Utne Reader. He writes of "the legions of belly-crawlers in Government employ", a reference to the psychopathic snitches and their handlers. Then you have my own experiences, and I do not appreciate being called a liar. There was nothing imaginary about the crimes committed against me in Kingman, and before that in Las Vegas. Come to think about it, even the cops I saw back before being drafted into the army in 1970 were smiling - right through the criminal Vietnam War. Don't get me wrong, Frankie - I don't approve of illegal drugs, but that - I can assure you - is poles apart from endorsing the police state.

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@nnp....

"well the multitudes whose legal rights were violated and lives destroyed by their abuses never seem to have a voice here, or anywhere."

As usual, it's all about you, right Phil? By the way, you do not seem to suffer from "never having a voice here" for your own baseless accusations. So who do you think is being denied the opportunity? Please name just one of the "multitudes" you are referring to.

LOL



Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Joe .

$170,000 from 40 indoor plants in that type of grow setup? That is over 4k per plant. Ridiculous. These kinds of crazy numbers are what convince people like this yahoo to grow cannabis in the first place. It is as if the Sheriffs Dept. is trying to convince people to grow the stuff by putting out this silly value estmates for the stuff.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Orien

What a Dip. Thinks he's above the law. Wish they would bust more like him.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

Yea! lets legalize marijuana, it doesn't hurt any one! its not addictive, its no worse than alcohol.
hmmmm, am I missing anything?
give em an inch and they take a mile!


Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

I have heard of an epileptic seizure

and a seizure of marijuana

but never have I heard of a marijuana seizure.


Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: nnp .....

Nixon never grew pot, but he got tens of thousands of us killed in 'Nam. And as for law enforcement, well the multitudes whose legal rights were violated and lives destroyed by their abuses never seem to have a voice here, or anywhere.

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Awesome Powers

Dude shot it out with his reflection in the window and called PD himself.

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: K MAN

His eyes tell the story....me thinks he was shooting at leprachauns...

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Im sure

@ mike messer...I would bet he has a card He looks very ill to me.

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Same Old Thing

"They confiscated a 40-caliber handgun, a rifle and a shotgun and arrested Brawner on a felony charge of misconduct with a weapon."

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!


Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Myth Buster 101

No one gets violent who uses pot? Bwahahaha!

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Lifer

Another Golden Valley moment!

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Just Love Morons who Bust themselves!

Clearly this is an example of "Stupid is as Stupid does!"

Mr. Brawner calls 911 and gets arrested for his marijuana grow operation. Well now has lots of time to lounge around doing nothing at all.


Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Medicinal purposes

No doubt Brawner was growing for medicinal purposes. One of the side effects of the liberal marijuana laws is that they give boldness to people to grow. We will see more of this.

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

Yep pot is harmless, unless of course you consider a nutcase shooting up the neighborhood...then you might want to rethink your stand on it!

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Messer

I wonder if this guy has a MMJ card. Maybe he grows for some friends with MMJ cards. I think there is more to the story. 40 plants is leagle with 4 cards.

"additional charges of marijuana production, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies" if he doesn't have a valid MMJ card he is a MORON.




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