PRESS RELEASE: Police Take Down Large Marijuana Grow

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On July 31, 2014, detectives from the Lake Havasu City Police Department Special Investigations Bureau, which is part of the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET), the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Street Crimes Unit, and detectives from the Kingman MAGNET office arrested two people on drug related charges, at a residence in the 4000 block of Blue Canyon Road. Detectives conducted a knock and talk, related to information they had received of potential illegal activity, and learned that the resident, Charles Vinatieri, was concealing a marijuana grow inside the residence.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence that resulted in the seizure of 181 marijuana plants, over 5 pounds of cultivated marijuana, 12 oxycodone pills, and numerous items associated with marijuana cultivation. The investigation also determined that Vinatieri owned another residence located in the 13000 block of Hopi Place, in Golden Shores. An additional search warrant was obtained for this residence that resulted in the seizure of an additional 207 marijuana plants. The combined marijuana seizure has an estimated street value of over $1.7 million dollars (projected yield). Also seized during the search warrants were two firearms, a 2013 Dodge truck, a 2006 Dodge truck, and a 2003 Toyota Tundra.

Arresteded in Lake Havasu City were 54-year old Charles Vinatieri and 18-year old Guy Vinatieri. At the Golden Shores residence 59-year old Jerrold Bartz was arrested on outstanding warrants and turned over to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles and Guy Vinatieri were charged with production of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charles was also charged with two counts of misconduct involving weapons. Charles Vinatieri was held on a $100,000 cash only bond, while Guy was held on a $50,000 cash only bond at their initial appearances. Charles Vinatieri was transferred to the custody of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and Guy Vinatieri posted bond and was released.

Guy Vinatieri

Charlie Vinatieri

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