(John Leyba, Denver Post file)

Nevada man arrested after attempting to bribe cops to ignore his illegal grow

PAHRUMP, Nev. — The Nye County Sheriff’s Office says a Pahrump man has been arrested after offering a deputy $30,000 to avoid arrest for his marijuana growing operation.

The sheriff’s office says 51-year-old Robert S. Behrens went to the sheriff’s office in Pahrump Wednesday and asked to meet with a sergeant. Authorities say Behrens told the sergeant that an inmate at the county jail had told him the officer was “shady” and Behrens asked the sergeant if he’d be willing to ignore Behrens’ illegal marijuana plants in Amargosa Valley.

Deputies say Behrens repeated the offer in front of an undercover officer, saying he’d give $30,000 to avoid arrest.

The officers then arrested Behrens and booked him into the Nye County jail on suspicion of bribery and burglary.

It wasn’t clear Thursday if he had an attorney.