January 3, 2012
It looked like any of a dozen medical marijuana centers that line nearby Platte Avenue, with its display case, credit card reader and surveillance system, complete with multiple camera angles.
But this operation on Lionstone Drive was different.
Besides marijuana, it also offered cocaine and prescription drugs, police say. And it featured an arsenal of guns, police allege.
This wasn’t a state-licensed facility. It was an apartment where a couple was running an amateur marijuana operation, Colorado Springs Police said Tuesday as they announced the arrests of Peter Mattaroo, 28, and his girlfriend, Kristine Bauer, 28.
The couple was busted Dec. 28 and each is being held in the El Paso County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
More arrests are pending in the case, police said.
A criminal informant tipped police to the operation on Dec. 23, and several people were seen visiting the house for no more than a few minutes in the days that followed, according to an arrest affidavit.
One of those people, a 17-year-old boy, told police the apartment resembled an “in-home marijuana dispensary” with a cash register in one of the bedrooms, the affidavit said.
Police detained the boy and two other juveniles on Dec. 28 during a traffic stop as they drove away from the apartment in the 200 block of Lionstone Drive.
The boy told police he visited the apartment several times in the last six months to a year — most recently buying $30 worth of marijuana on Dec. 28 from a woman named “Pepper” who lived at the apartment with a man named “Pete,” the affidavit said.
None of the juveniles had a medical marijuana card, police said.
Later that night, officers with the Community Impact Team and the Metro, Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence units arrested Mattaroo and Bauer on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, a class 3 felony.
Inside the apartment, police found marijuana and cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and prescription drugs, the affidavit said. Officers also found nearly $3,500 in a safe and cash register, along with nine guns.
The officers also found a second location, which was believed to be the couple’s grow operation.
In all, found nearly 13 pounds of marijuana, 198 marijuana plants, 34.4 grams of cocaine, 7.2 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 68.5 prescription pills, 27 guns and a bullet proof vest, police said.
The informant said the operation was fortified with surveillance systems, firearms and a security guard after being robbed earlier this year, the affidavit said.
Gazette reporter Maria St. Louis-Sanchez contributed to this report.
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