A tip led authorities to discover 212 pounds of refined marijuana in an eastern El Paso County home, part of an operation apparently tied to a Mexican drug cartel, Colorado Springs police announced Wednesday.
The marijuana was packaged for distribution, and authorities also found six guns, one of which had been reported stolen this year from a California law enforcement officer, police said.
The property manager of the home in the 6000 block of Fieldview Way in unincorporated El Paso County called in a tip to the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division on Tuesday, police said.
The property manager had gone to the home after unsuccessfully attempting to contact the renter by phone or email. She went inside "to determine if the renter was injured or ill or if a crime had occurred" and discovered "a large amount of refined marijuana which was in various stages of packaging, ready to be distributed," police said.
No one was inside the home.
An El Paso County sheriff's deputy went to the home and saw that several windows were open, although it was snowing and the outside temperature was below freezing, police said. A water pipe had broken inside, spilling water throughout the home.
Metro VNI searched the home with help from the Sheriff's Office and found evidence suggesting the marijuana is affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel.
A suspect has been identified, police said. No arrests have been announced.
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