LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — While serving civil papers at a location in the Blackhawk Ranch subdivision in early August, Las Animas County Sheriff’s deputies came upon a large marijuana growing operation. According to a press release from the LACSO, Greg Fellows, 31, of Henderson, NV was arrested on charges relating to marijuana and marijuana concentrate offenses. Sheriff James Casias said in the press release, “Initially 329 plants were observed in plain sight growing inside a large greenhouse on the premises.” After the discovery, deputies obtained a search warrant and began the investigation which turned up an additional 220 live plants and 35.17 pounds of processed marijuana. The marijuana was removed from the property and destroyed after deputies obtained a court order authorizing destruction signed by District Court Judge Leslie Gerbracht. The case remains under investigation and the sheriff’s office are working to secure arrest warrants for additional suspects.
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