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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two people were arrested after authorities shut down a marijuana grow operation located on the property of a large home, in an exclusive, gated community at the base of Mt. Lemmon.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department Fugitive Investigative Strike Team served felony warrants on Jan. 28 for two suspects in  the 12600 block of E. Horsehead Road, where they reportedly saw an extensive marijuana grow, according to a news release.

The home was located off an unmarked dirt road.  The address was obstructed with a door mat.

According to the interim complaint deputies with the Fugitive Investigative Strike Team were serving a felony warrant for Possession of Marijuana for sale at the home, when they spotted what appeared to be a grow operation.

After obtaining a search warrant, authorities said they discovered 117 marijuana plants and several bags of harvested marijuana. Those items, along with several guns, two vehicles and U.S. currency were seized.

The interim complaint states sheriffs officials found a changing table, baby bottles, large amounts of marijuana, and possible Hashish oil.  Authorities also found four semi-automatic rifles with ammo in the master bedroom, according to court documents.

Deputy Christina Rodriguez with the Pima County sheriffs office said a two week old baby was in the home, exposed to all the drugs in the house.

Jennifer Parcelluzzi, 24 and Zachary Morales, 26 were taken into custody and charged with child abuse.

Neighbors who did not want to be identified described the couple as quiet and said they kept to themselves.  One neighbor told Tucson News Now the home belonged to Parcelluzzi's parents.

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The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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