By Kelsey Givens
Police were called “terrorists” and “harassers” last week as they raided a home for a second time this year, finding close to 80 marijuana plants growing inside.
Alan Edward Picone, 52, was arrested on Dec. 7 for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, maintaining a residence for the purpose of narcotics, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and unlawful use of a controlled substance after 79 marijuana plants were found growing inside his home.
Charges are also being sought against his wife Kelly Picone, 41, for possessing marijuana with intent to sell, maintaining a residence for narcotics and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act as well.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, a narcotics detective received a search warrant last Friday for Alan and Kelly’s home, located at 1511 Princeton Circle, in reference to a marijuana cultivation operation.
When police arrived at the address to serve the search warrant and investigate, Alan allegedly answered the door and immediately began screaming at police that they were “terrorists” and “harassers,” claiming that his entire operation was legal and that it was for his own personal use.
Alan, however, also reportedly admitted to officers during their investigation that no one in the home possessed a medical marijuana card.
During their search, deputies found a total of 79 marijuana plants, some as tall as four feet and in the budding stage, along with a large quantity of packaged and finished marijuana inside the residence.
And this wasn’t the first time the Picones have been charged with cultivating marijuana at that address this year either.
On April 20, two deputies on routine patrol on David Street noticed a strong odor of what they believed to be marijuana coming from the intersection of David Street and Princeton Circle around 10:30 a.m.
As the two got out of their patrol cars to further investigate the smell, they discovered the Picone’s residence with its front door wide open and a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.
After Alan allegedly allowed the deputies into his home, they discovered more than 40 pounds of marijuana inside.
Alan allegedly told the deputies at that time that he was the only person in the home who smoked the marijuana, but that he also sometimes fed it to his dogs.
While it appeared that Alan and Kelly were very cooperative during the last raid of their residence, a detective noted in his report that during the current investigation, Alan was “extremely uncooperative,” calling officers names and telling them they didn’t know the law.
The declaration also noted, however, that Alan continued to confess intimate details of his involvement with the grow operation as he insulted the officers.
Alan was subsequently placed under arrest for the marijuana found in his home and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.
Though Kelly was not home at the time of the raid, police believe there is probably cause to charge her for her involvement in the cultivation operation as well. Charges against her will be submitted to the district attorney’s office for further action in this case.
Since his arrest, Alan has posted bail and been released from custody. He has also reportedly taken responsibility for his part in the marijuana grow operation, according to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office.