By Kelsey Givens
A man arrested in connection with a large-scale marijuana cultivating operation in Pahrump last year has been arrested for allegedly cultivating the plant again, this time in east Las Vegas.
Amos Cavallo, 29, was arrested during the early evening hours of Sept. 24 after Las Vegas Metro police, narcotics officers and SWAT team members obtained and served a search warrant at a home located in the 800 block of Vegas Valley Drive. The residence is inside a gated community called the Las Vegas Country Club.
The officers arrived after 5 p.m. and made their way inside the home where they reportedly found more than 200 marijuana plants, with an approximate street value of $700,000, growing. Cavallo had allegedly been using the residence for another marijuana grow operation.
He was arrested during the raid and transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he was booked on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Cavallo is also currently in the midst of another marijuana grow case here in Pahrump.
In August 2011, he was arrested in connection with a raid on two homes, where police found 160 pounds of unharvested marijuana, 1,726 marijuana plants, more than four grams of methamphetamine and a large amount of prescription drugs.
In all, police said the marijuana found in the two homes at the time, located near Pahrump Valley High School, was worth a potential street value of $5.7 million.
Cavallo fled the scene before police arrived to raid the two homes, but was later found and arrested at the Best Western on State Route 160.
He was then booked into the Nye County Detention Center on charges of maintaining a place to sell/use/give away a controlled substance, trafficking marijuana, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia for manufacturing of a controlled substance and theft of public utility.
Police were led to the first home they raided, located at 2010 S. Manzanita Ave., by an anonymous tip. A search of that home then led officers to the second home, located at 2440 Turtle St.
Authorities said Cavallo was allegedly able to avoid detection of his grow up until that point by splitting electrical lines and circumventing the electrical meters as he ran them into the two homes.
On Monday, Cavallo was a no-show in District Court where his attorney was set to argue for suppressing evidence in his Pahrump case. A prosecutor said the suspect remains in custody in Clark County.