Illegal marijuana grow uncovered in Pueblo West home.

An illegal marijuana grow, with 76 plants worth about $76,000, was seized Thursday in Pueblo West, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded to a report that tenants had altered the electrical system of a home, on the 1100 block of Camino Santiago, to bypass the meter, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The residents could not be contacted Thursday, but a strong order of marijuana was noticeable near the residence.

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Detectives contacted the homeowner, who lives out of town, by telephone and a search warrant was executed on the property. Investigators found three separate grow rooms in the basement. Growing equipment, including lights and an irrigation system, were also seized.

The home was also the site of an illegal grow found in 2016, the release said. State law allows only 12 marijuana plants to be grown in a household.

“The home was condemned due to the extensive alterations made to the electrical system,” the release said. It’s unknown if anyone was living in the home and no arrests have been made as of Friday morning.

Detectives are still investigating whether the most recent grow is connected to the 2016 operation.

“This was nothing more than a black market grow house,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M.
Taylor, in the release. “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.”

Illegal marijuana grows continue to be an ongoing problem in Pueblo County, Taylor said, referencing an unrelated Oct. 9 case in the Avondale area.

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