$1 million in weed found at Colorado pot farm
Rocky Mountain News
A suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection with a large marijuana growing operation in LaPorte, Colorado.
Eloy Ignacio Garrido, 32, is in Larimer County Jail today on a $50,000 bond.
He is facing three counts of “marijuana offense” and one count of “special offender,” based on the large amount of marijuana found. His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 7.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s office and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency seized 1,307 marijuana plants and 47 pounds of finished product from a home at 6265 Kremers Lane in LaPorte. The estimated street value was put at $1.15 million.
Agents found a sophisticated hydroponic growing system, powered by a 20,000-watt diesel generator buried in the ground. Among the vehicles seized was a retro-fitted van with a 250-gallon diesel tank fitted with a two-way pump.
Investigators believe that every 90 days, based on a 60-day harvest cycle, the cultivated produce would sell for approximately $3.2 million. According to seized records, most of the marijuana was going to California.
Other arrests are expected in the case.
This was not Garrido’s first brush with the law. In 1996, he was arrested in Boulder on drug charges. He pleaded guilty to one count of marijuana possession and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 18 months’ probation.
In 2006, he was arrested by the Colorado State Patrol in Greeley for speeding. He was also charged with marijuana possession, but it was dismissed. Instead, he pleaded guilty to speeding and was fined $50.
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