Pueblo County Crime

Colorado illegal pot grower sentenced to 10 years in prison

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - The last person of seven people caught in the raid of an illegal marijuana growing operation in Colorado has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Richard Samples was sentenced on Tuesday after he and six others were caught in March 2016. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office and other authorities raided five homes and seized 1,900 marijuana plants with a street value of approximately $7.5 million.

Samples received a longer sentence than most of the other defendants because he has a history of committing crimes.

The other six include: 

Daniel Bingham will serve 14 months

Nathaniel Clawson will serve 15 months

Derek Breckbill will serve 12 months

Gary Bruce will serve 23 months

Angel Rodriguez will serve 14 months

Dennis Rodriguez will serve 2 1/2 years

The defendants pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture marijuana and possess it with the intent of distributing it.


Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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