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34 marijuana plants seized from illegal grow in southern Colorado

Plants from illegal marijuana grow in Avondale, Colorado.
Plants from illegal marijuana grow in Avondale, Colorado.(Pueblo County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 3:52 PM MDT
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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - 34 marijuana plants worth an estimated $36,000 were seized from a southern Colorado property.

Narcotics detectives were searching a home in rural Avondale after receiving tips about an illegal marijuana grow on the property. The Pueblo Sheriff’s Office sats detectives contacted the homeowner, John Mata who admitted he was growing marijuana, he gave them permission to search the property.

Man arrested after illegal marijuana grow.
Man arrested after illegal marijuana grow.(Pueblo County Sheriff's Office)

After looking around detectives found 12 plants growing in an outdoor area and then 24 more plants in an “outbuilding” that was recently built on the property.

Detectives later obtained a search warrant for the whole property. They found evidence of marijuana distribution and several guns.

Narcotics detectives found evidence Mata was selling the plants.
Narcotics detectives found evidence Mata was selling the plants.(Pueblo County Sheriff's Office)

Mata did not have a grow license for the property. He was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, drug possession with intent to manufacture or distribute marijuana 50 pounds, drug felony, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. He has been booked in the Pueblo County jail.

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