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Illegal marijuana grow busted in Pueblo West

Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday busted an alleged illegal marijuana grow operation at a Pueblo West home that also was the site of a 2016 bust.

Deputies were tipped off by the home’s electrical system alterations which were bypassing the electric meter, said Gayle Perez, sheriff’s office public information officer. Deputies attempted to contact the residents of the home, located in the 11000 block of Camino Santiago, on Thursday afternoon but were unsuccessful.

“However, they did detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from the home, indicating there was possibly a grow inside. Detectives sought and executed a search warrant of the home seizing 76 marijuana plants worth an estimated $76,000,” Perez said.

State law allows only 12 marijuana plants per household.

Inside the home, detectives found three separate grow rooms in the basement, grow lights and an irrigation system. Detectives seized the plants and the equipment.

The home was condemned due to the extensive alterations made to the electrical system. It is unknown if anyone was living in the home.

No arrests have been made, but they may forthcoming, Perez said.

The home was used for an illegal grow in 2016 and was one of five homes Drug Enforcement Administration officials and Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies executed search warrants on after receiving a tip from Texas authorities of the possible grow operation.

“This was nothing more than a black market grow house,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said. “People are moving into these homes that were already set up for marijuana grows and are growing product that is going strictly to the black market.”

Taylor said the Pueblo West bust, along with an unrelated bust on October 9 at a home in rural Avondale, demonstrate illegal grows are still prevalent in Pueblo County.

“This continues to be an issue in our community,” Taylor said. “We thank the public and others who are reporting when they see suspicious activity surrounding possible grows.

We will continue to remain diligent investigating those reports,” he said.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies bust an illegal marijuana grow operation in Pueblo West seizing $76,000 worth of cannabis.

$27M Marijuana Grow Operation Busted In Union City: Police

A months-long investigation followed a tip about the major operation.

    Bay City News , News Partner
Posted Wed, Nov 4, 2020 at 11:19 a m PT

UNION CITY, CA — Union City police on Tuesday announced the seizure of more than $27 million in marijuana plants, $250,000 in a bank account, and a large amount of cash at an illegal growing operation in the city’s industrial area.

The bust resulted from an extended investigation following an anonymous tip the department received in June about the marijuana grow operation off Zwissig Way.

During several months of investigation search warrants were obtained and served for involved locations of the operation and led to one arrest and the seizure of associated bank accounts, police said.

The operation included 20 growing rooms where detectives seized 15,000 plants with an estimated street value of about $27.5 million.

Police also seized $22,000 in cash, $250,000 in a bank account, and growing equipment.

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$27M Marijuana Grow Operation Busted In Union City: Police – Union City, CA – A months-long investigation followed a tip about the major operation.