A bust of three juveniles found in a car with marijuana led police to a much larger investigation.
During a traffic stop on December 28, police found the three had allegedly bought the drugs in an apartment at 275 Lionstone Drive, #K. With a search warrant, police found an unlicensed dispensary was being operated there.
"[It doesn't surprise me]. Not at all," said Amber Grayson, another resident in the apartment complex.
According to court documents, police were already running a surveillance operation on that apartment before stopping the teens.
"This neighborhood is known for that and other drugs, including crystal meth and all that," Grayson said.
Police say the dispensary operation they found was extensive. It included a cash register, credit card machine, a security camera system and a display case full of marijuana and paraphernalia that were for sale. In addition, police say they also found several firearms, marijuana, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and prescription pills.
In that first search, a second location was identified as a grow house for the marijuana being sold in the unlicensed dispensary. The growing operation was also unlicensed, and police obtained a search warrant for that location too.
In the second search, police found more firearms and drugs.
Peter Mattroo, 28, and Kristine Bauer, 28, were arrested in this investigation. They are facing charges of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, distribution of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, and special offender.
11 News went to a home in Black Forest Tuesday night that was listed in the probable cause affadavit for Mattroo. A man answered the door, but refused to comment.
Police say two other arrests are also pending.
Police say the following items were seized in this investigation:
Approximately 13 pounds of marijuana
198 marijuana plants
Approximately 34.4 grams of cocaine
Approximately 7.2 grams of psilocybin mushrooms
68.5 prescription pills
1 ballistic vest
If you have information about this incident please call police at 719-444-7000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime-stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867) or you can simply text CSPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411).
Note: CSPD spokesperson Barbara Miller originally announced that 71 ballistic vests were seized. The police department now says that was a typo. Only 1 west was seized.