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185 pot plants, stolen gun, counterfeit cash found at suspected illegal grow in El Paso County

May 3, 2018 Updated: May 3, 2018 at 9:47 pm
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photo - Medical marijuana plants grow at Rocky Mountain Miracles Friday, April 4, 2014.  Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Medical marijuana plants grow at Rocky Mountain Miracles Friday, April 4, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

Authorities discovered 185 marijuana plants, 22 pounds of refined pot, a stolen .44 Magnum revolver and $29,800 in counterfeit $100 bills at a suspected illegal grow in El Paso County, Colorado Springs police said.

Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division detectives and deputies from the Sheriff's Office's Rural Enforcement and Outreach Unit went to the area of 8000 Aerostar Drive on Thursday after getting "numerous tips" about an illegal grow on the property, police said.

Detectives discovered a large marijuana grow operation in the barn as well as a grow in the crawl space of the home, police said. After getting a search warrant, they found the plants, gun and "signs of distribution," police said. The refined marijuana was found drying in the barn, and the counterfeit cash was found in a bedroom.

The marijuana is worth about $724,500, based on criteria the Sheriff's Office uses. To calculate its value, deputies assume a mature plant yields a pound of processed pot, and a pound of pot is worth about $3,500 "on the black market on the East Coast," spokeswoman Natalie Sosa said in April in an email.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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