Friday, February 13, 2009
Steamboat Springs The investigation into a Steamboat Springs couple suspected of running a marijuana growth and distribution operation out of their home was turned over to the District Attorney's Office on Thursday, according to the All Crimes Enforcement Team.
The Old Town house where the grow operation was discovered Saturday night is owned by the living trust of David W. and Marie Sellitto Jensen, according to the Routt County Property Assessor's Web site. The Jensens do not have a listed phone number and could not be reached at their home Thursday.
ACET Task Force Commander Garrett Wiggins refused to confirm or deny that the Jensens are the suspects in the case. He only would identify the suspects as a married couple in their 50s, who live at the Ninth Street home with at least one of their children.
Charges had not been filed as of Thursday, and neither suspect has been arrested in connection with the investigation.
Wiggins said Thursday that charges definitely will be filed against the female suspect in the coming days, and charges likely are against her husband, though investigators still are looking into exactly what his role was.
"We need to do a little more footwork before we start slinging charges around," Wiggins said.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department discovered the growth operation during a party at the home Saturday night. Officers cited 15 juveniles for possessing alcohol, including one of the suspects' children. The parents were not home at the time.
The growth operation involved "pretty much the entire residence," Wiggins said, with plants in different stages of growth located throughout the house.
About 8 pounds of dried and processed marijuana, ready for consumption, were seized from the house, as well as 48 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. A typical cultivator can yield 6 to 8 ounces of marijuana from each plant, Wiggins said Wednesday.
The female suspect has a medical marijuana license, and investigators left six marijuana plants at the house. Under state law, licensees are allowed to possess up to 2 ounces of usable marijuana and six plants, only three of which can be mature.
A search of the residence also yielded weighing devices and packaging materials consistent with marijuana distribution, and hallucinogenic mushrooms. There were no signs that the mushrooms also were being grown at the house, according to investigators.