Residents face felony charges for growing marijuana


— Two Steamboat Springs men face a felony charge for allegedly growing marijuana in a West Acres mobile home.

Agents from the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team seized 12 marijuana plants Monday afternoon allegedly from the mobile home of Eric Matthew Liss and Sean James Reid.

The two men are suspected of growing marijuana with the aid of two hydroponic grow systems that were installed in closets inside the mobile home in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive.

According to court records, the two men were allegedly harvesting the drug by growing the plants in a nutrient liquid with the use of fans and lights, court records show.

The two men were arrested at about 4:30 p.m. and booked into the Routt County Jail. The two men appeared in Routt County Court Tuesday afternoon. Judge James Garrecht set a $2,000 bond for each man.

Agents searched and seized the marijuana, along with numerous marijuana pipes and a "water bong," as part of a continuing drug investigation, records show.

Agent Dan Kelliher went to the residence to talk to Liss, who had been caught by Steamboat Springs Police allegedly with a small amount of marijuana in March.

As Kelliher talked to the 32-year-old man outside the mobile home, the agent allegedly noticed marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the mobile home, records show.

Kelliher found Reid inside the home lying face down on a bed, records show. The drug agent drew his weapon when Reid, 31, initially didn't show the officers his hands.

Kelliher later found a loaded handgun near where Reid was lying down, records show.

Liss and Reid gave officers permission to search the home. Kelliher found the hydroponic grow operations in two closets, which had been sealed off with black plastic, records show.


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