El Paso County sheriff's deputies have seized millions of dollars worth of marijuana so far this year

By Ellie Mulder Updated: April 14, 2018 at 3:09 pm • Published: April 13, 2018
photo - Two people were arrested Wednesday in illegal marijuana grow busts valued at nearly $800,000 in El Paso County. (Courtesy of EPCSO)
Two people were arrested Wednesday in illegal marijuana grow busts valued at nearly $800,000 in El Paso County. (Courtesy of EPCSO)

El Paso County sheriff's deputies seized 2,425 marijuana plants and 258 pounds of processed pot - together worth about $13 million - from suspected illegal grows during the first three months of the year, the agency reported Friday.

Deputies also made 16 arrests and seized 13 guns and a marijuana trimming machine, a news release says. They executed 30 search warrant and conducted 30 "knock and talks."

A bill aiming to stop the diversion of legal marijuana to the illegal market became law Jan. 1, and "Sheriff Bill Elder made it one of his top priorities to go after black-market marijuana and the illegal marijuana grows in El Paso County," the release says.

The bill "places a cap on the number of plants that can be possessed or grown on a residential property at 16 plants unless a local jurisdiction permits possessing or growing more than 16 plants," the Colorado General Assembly website says.

"The Sheriff's Office will continue to aggressively go after those who are involved in the black-market marijuana and illegal marijuana grows," the release says.

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