Snowmass police arrest alleged pot grower
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – A resident of an employee-housing unit in Snowmass Village was arrested Wednesday night after police executed a search warrant and allegedly found an estimated 30 marijuana plants in his bedroom.
Scott Brown, 32, faces a class-four felony count of cultivating and growing marijuana, said Sgt. Brian Olson of the Snowmass police department.
Olson said police acted on a tip that pot was being grown in Brown’s unit at the Mountain View housing complex.
“Normally this is not a crisis situation,” Olson said, but added that police felt compelled to investigate the tip in the wake of last year’s marijuana-growing operation that caused a fire in an employee-housing unit at Villas North in Snowmass. The October 2008 blaze was sparked by marijuana-grow lights.
Olson said the plants found Wednesday were as high as 2 feet. He said the plants had the potential to yield enough marijuana for personal consumption, but he did not believe enough pot could have been cultivated for distribution purposes.
Also seized were grill lamps, fertilizer and marijuana paraphernalia, Olson said.
After the search warrant was executed, police called the suspect, who turned himself into authorities, Olson said. Olson said Brown was cooperative during the process. He was expected to post $5,000 bond last night, a Pitkin County jail official said.