Pueblo County Crime

4 arrested for taking pot grow equipment from vacant Pueblo West home

PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - Four people were arrested for trying to take pot grow equipment out of a vacant home in Pueblo West on Sunday. 

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office got a call about a U-Haul trailer parked outside a home in the 300 block of W. Mangrum Drive at around 7:15 a.m.

When deputies got there, they saw equipment used for marijuana grows loaded into the U-Haul and that it had been removed from the home, which had been vacant for months following the bust of an illegal grow in 2016. 

Phillip Hernandez, 32, was in the garage when deputies started looking around. Hernandez told police that he and three others were cleaning the home to get it ready for sale. 

According to a press release sent out by the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, "There was no evidence the home was being cleaned and the suspects were unable to provide information on who hired them to do the work." 

Deputies tried to contact the homeowner and got no response. 

The U-Haul Hernandez was using was apparently given to him by a woman who thought he was trying to move out of his apartment.

Hernandez, Janell Briseno, 36, Jenna Frost, 23, and Michael Bond, 36, were arrested for first-degree trespass and second-degree burglary.

Hernandez, who tried to give deputies two fake names, was additionally arrested for two counts of criminal impersonation and on an unrelated $250,000 warrant for dangerous drugs.

Briseno also tried to give deputies a fake name and was arrested for criminal impersonation and on felony warrants for theft and introduction of contraband.

Frost is facing an additional charge of introduction of contraband after deputies found heroin on her during booking.

All four are being held at the Pueblo County Detention Center.

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