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Pair arrested after pot plants found

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque couple was arrested on Friday after authorities executing a federal search and arrest warrant at their southwest Albuquerque home discovered marijuana plants being grown outside the home and animal feces and urine inside the home, where they were raising their 16-year-old daughter, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metro Court. Authorities also found a stolen firearm inside the residence.

FBI agents and Bernalillo County sheriff’s detectives were at the home on the 5700 block of Evans Road SW to search for evidence and a suspect in a July 27 bank robbery. Suspect Dennis Saavedra had resided there, but was not found.

Once officers arrived, they found 70 “healthy and robust” marijuana plants, according to the criminal complaint.

Dennis Saavedra’s mother, Maria Elena Saavedra, her boyfriend David Valdez and their daughter were inside the home, which had holes in the ceiling and no electricity.

Maria Elena Saavedra and Valdez said they were unaware of the stolen handgun.

Maria Elena Saavedra and Valdez were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute, abuse of a child and receiving a stolen firearm.

The house was condemned by county zoning officials and Bernalillo County Animal Control took custody of more than 10 dogs that were on the property.