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2 arrested after large illegal marijuana grow found at Colorado Springs home

February 22, 2018 Updated: February 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm
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Katia Sanchez, 44.

Two people were arrested Wednesday after authorities discovered 352 marijuana plants, 1,300 cloned plants and 33 pounds of refined marijuana in a Colorado Springs home, police said.

Katia Sanchez, 44, and Jose Cala Calvo, 42, were arrested on suspicion of felony cultivation and distribution, police said.

While investigating a Feb. 4 report of shots fired, authorities discovered "an active marijuana grow on the property" in the 2400 block of Sinton Road, police said. Shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division detectives and El Paso County sheriff's deputies went to the home and confirmed the presence of "a large marijuana grow operation," police said.

After applying for a search warrant, investigators discovered plants growing in the "main residence" and in a converted oversized two-car garage, police said.

Officers also got a search warrant for a property in the 8100 block of Piute Road in unincorporated El Paso County. The tenants had converted a mobile home into a large marijuana grow operation, and authorities found 21 large marijuana plants and more than 6 pounds of refined marijuana packaged for distribution, police said.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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