Accused marijuana grower faces charges |

Accused marijuana grower faces charges

Christine McManus

SILVERTHORNE – An alleged longtime marijuana grower was busted at his home Feb. 5 near Silverthorne, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.

A confidential source tipped off the Summit County Sheriff’s Office that someone at 143 Summit County Road P was possibly growing marijuana.

Ten deputies confiscated 73 marijuana plants, $8,700 in cash, a computer, drug paraphernalia and growing materials from the home of 41-year-old Ty Steinbrook, police said.

Steinbrook was renting the house, which is near the Ptarmigan Trail, northeast of Silverthorne.

After obtaining a search warrant from a judge, the Summit County Drug Task Force entered the house to find three hydroponic-equipped rooms for different stages of the growing operation, the police report said.

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Steinbrook, who has lived in the county for three years, was arrested without incident. He reportedly told deputies that his sole source of income has been marijuana cultivation and that he made $45,000 to $50,000 per year.

He was charged with four Class 4 felonies, including possession of marijuana with intent to sell, distribution of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute the drug.

He was also charged with the Class 5 felony of possession of more than eight ounces of a controlled substance.

A sheriff’s report said Steinbrook told deputies that he served jail time in 1984 and 1990 for similar charges. Steinbrook reportedly also said a photograph of his plants was published in High Times magazine in the May 2003 issue.

No weapons were found in the house, Berman said.

Steinbrook bonded out of jail on Tuesday on a $10,000 bond.

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