by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Thursday, July 19 in Chama, and seized 139 marijuana plants.
Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman told the Huerfano World Journal Tuesday, July 24 that a deputy had received information about a large growing operation in the small community located above Redwing, and prepared a search warrant.
Newman said the individual who leases the property where the marijuana was found has not been charged as of early this week. Newman said the individual does have a medical marijuana license and said that he was growing for himself and at least two other medicinal marijuana license holders.
Newman said the number of plants on the property and the fact the individual’s license was not posted could lead to criminal charges.
Newman said he would not name the individual who leases the property until the case has been reviewed by the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office. He did say that individual did come to the sheriff’s office on Friday, July 20 and showed investigators his medicinal marijuana license.
The marijuana plants are being held in a secure location by the sheriff’s office as evidence.
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