Pueblo County deputies seize about $72,000 worth of marijuana, arrest 54-year-old man

 Jose Fernandez and an illegal marijuana grow.  Photos courtesy Pueblo PD.
Jose Fernandez and an illegal marijuana grow. Photos courtesy Pueblo PD. (KKTV)
Published: Nov. 19, 2019 at 5:22 PM MST
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A tip from the member of the public led to a marijuana bust for Pueblo County Sheriff's deputies.

On Tuesday, deputies went to a home in the 1100 block of East Marengo Drive and spoke with the resident, 54-year-old Jose Fernandez. Fernandez told deputies he was growing marijuana in the home, but claimed he had a license allowing him to have 50 plants. State law only allows 12 marijuana plants per household.

Deputies seized 24 mature plants worth an estimated street value of $72,000, according to the sheriff's office.

The Pueblo Regional Building Department condemned the home due to extensive and unsafe electrical work tied to the grow.

Fernandez is facing a charge of cultivation of marijuana, more than six but less than 30 plants. He could face a fine of $1,000 to $100,000 and up to two years in jail.

This marked the second time in the past three years that sheriff’s deputies have gone to the home on the report of a possible illegal marijuana grow. In 2016, deputies found Fernandez had 33 marijuana plants growing in the home which was within the legal limit at the time. In 2018, the law was changed to limit the number of marijuana plants to 12 per household.

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