Marijuana grow house at home owned by retired officer busted

Authorities have busted a marijuana growing operation at a house owned by a retired Las Vegas police officer, the Review-Journal learned Monday.

The rural home, located at 1291 Trout Canyon Road near state Route 160, was a converted marijuana drug house that contained more than 100 plants, sources said.

The home is owned by Tony Novack, a former Metropolitan Police Department officer.

Police think Novack was renting the home to the growers, and he was not a suspect, sources said.

No arrests in the case had been made as of Monday afternoon.

It's unclear when the home was raided.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the sting with the federal Southern Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force.

Novack, 65, had been retired from the department for more than a decade. He bought the home in 2009, according to Clark County records.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at or 702-383-0283.