100 marijuana plants, AK-47 and several handguns found in 'sophisticated' Ahwatukee pot operation

AHWATUKEE, AZ - One person has been arrested in connection to a "sophisticated" high-grade marijuana growing operation in Ahwatukee.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said over 100 marijuana plants, along with "elaborate" equipment and weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, were found Tuesday morning inside a home near east Pecos Road and south Desert Foothills Parkway.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the investigation launched Monday after deputies discovered seven pounds of "high grade Northern California" marijuana during a traffic stop near Interstate 10 and Tonopah.

Johnny Lee, 24, was taken into custody on several drug charges, including transportation of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, money laundering and weapons charges.

Another individual was near the scene, but it is unclear of their involvement in the operation. Police said more arrests are possible.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office SWAT team members alongside the Department of Public Safety obtained a search warrant and raided the Ahwatukee home Tuesday morning. No one else was home at the time of the search.

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