COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrested two people after two raids on illegal marijuana grow operations that netted more than three-quarters of a million dollars in product.
The first, and larger of the two busts, happened Wednesday in the 16500 block of Stage Stop Road in Peyton (MAP), where deputies found 110 pounds of cannabis and about 75 more plants ready for harvest, along with a trimming machine and an undisclosed amount of cash. The seized cannabis was estimated as being worth $750,000, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies arrested 28-year-old Raydel Fleitas and charged him with two counts of marijuana-related offenses.
The second bust happened in the 6200 block of Balance Circle in Colorado Springs (MAP). At that house, deputies found seven pounds of processed marijuana, valued at about $25,000. Another undisclosed amount of cash was seized there, but a news release doesn't say if plants were found.
Adonis Carrillos-Ponce, 31, was arrested and charged with marijuana-related offenses and possession with intent.
Their arrests follow an uptick in busts by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office this year. So far in 2018, there have been 22 arrests or arrest warrants for illegal marijuana grows in the county.