Steamboat Springs Two SWAT teams led by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office searched two homes in the Yampa area Wednesday morning. Inside one of the homes, deputies reportedly found a marijuana-growing operation with about 58 marijuana plants and dried marijuana.
Inside the house with marijuana, outside of Yampa, deputies arrested 61-year-old Deborah Kay Eck, of Phippsburg, on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and on a “special offender” charge. The special offender tag can be added when a person has previously been convicted of a marijuana-distribution charge, or if the person is thought to be distributing marijuana.
Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ken Klinger said the bust was a result of a tip from a person who came forward to the Sheriff’s Office.
A search of the second house, in Yampa town limits, turned up nothing illegal, Klinger said.
In the first house, the majority of the plants were 26 to 28 inches tall, Klinger said, with some younger plants also growing, all within the house. The address of the house was not available Wednesday.
The two SWAT teams, with seven members apiece, had law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Parks and the Hayden Police Department. Two detectives from Eagle County and four evidence technicians also were at the scene.
The investigation will continue as detectives sort through evidence, Klinger said. He said Eck did not have a medical marijuana license and was not a caregiver.
Klinger said Eck was the only person inside either home. She was booked into the Routt County Jail at 11:25 a.m. and released on $10,000 bail, paid by a bondsman, at 3 p.m. She is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19.
A phone number for Eck could not be found Wednesday.