3 dismissed in Glenwood pot-growing case
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Three criminal cases connected to an alleged basement marijuana growing operation were dismissed after a fourth defendant signed a plea agreement.
After pleading not guilty previously, Julia Jundt, 49, signed an agreement to plead guilty to cultivation of marijuana. She faced additional charges of conspiracy to cultivate marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Jundt is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 13.
After she took responsibility for the basement marijuana grow, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office dismissed cases against Steven Jundt, 48, Hana Jundt, 19, and Adam Pratt, 21, who were also accused of crimes in connection with the grow room.
According to a court filing by the DA’s office, evidence against Julia Jundt was strong enough to convict her, but the inability to introduce evidence in Steven Jundt’s case ” in particular that he allegedly drove a duffel bag full of marijuana to Kansas ” left only a “circumstantial” case against him.
The cases originated after a landlord reported the grow room to authorities in December. He hoped to interest a buyer in the home, and became suspicious when he noticed one previously open section of the basement that had been “Sheetrocked over.” He described a separate ventilation system and professional looking ductwork that was part of the grow room.
The room was enclosed by drywall and authorities said it could only be accessed from above, through a secret hatch in a closet.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team said the room, with around 73 live marijuana plants, was complete with its own lighting system, watering systems and fertilizers. A handwritten letter to Hana Jundt with instructions on how to care for the crop was found, authorities said.
In Pratt’s room, authorities said they found drug paraphernalia, lighting set-ups and a sheet of paper with the word “hash” written on it with various prices and amounts.