Jensens confirmed as suspects in marijuana case

Steamboat couple accused of growing, distributing drugs


— Law enforcement officials confirmed Tuesday that Steamboat Springs residents David W. and Marie Sellitto Jensen are the suspects in an alleged marijuana grow and distribution operation discovered at their Old Town home Feb. 7.

The All Crimes Enforcement Team has turned the case over to the District Attorney's Office and charges are expected to be filed soon, Task Force Commander Garrett Wiggins said Tuesday. Multiple charges are expected against Marie Jensen, 53, though investigators still are trying to determine whether her husband played a role in the operation.

"We haven't talked to her, we haven't talked to him, so we really don't know how deep either one of them is involved in this," Wiggins said. "We don't know if he was allowing this to happen or had any part in it."

The Jensens do not have a listed phone number. Attorney Erick Knaus, who Wiggins said represents Marie Jensen and possibly her husband, did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

The Jensens live in the 300 block of Ninth Street with their teenage daughter, Wiggins said. He said David Jensen works for an oil company, and Marie Jensen is an attorney.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department discovered the alleged grow operation during a party at the home Feb. 7. Officers were tipped off to the party after they spotted a teenage girl urinating near Ninth and Oak streets, Police Capt. Joel Rae said. The girl, who Rae said was visibly intoxicated, told officers she had come from the nearby party.

Officers ultimately cited 16 juveniles at the house for possessing alcohol, Rae said. Neither David nor Marie Jensen were home at the time, Wiggins said.

During a subsequent search of the home, law enforcement officers said they seized about 8 pounds of dried and processed marijuana and 48 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. A typical cultivator can yield 6 to 8 ounces of marijuana from each plant, Wiggins said last week.

Marie Jensen has a medical marijuana license, but the house contained far more of the drug than a licensee is allowed to possess under state law, according to investigators. Colorado allows a licensed medical marijuana user to have as much as 2 ounces of usable marijuana and six plants, only three of which can be mature.

Investigators said they found a total of 54 plants at the home. They left six plants at the residence per the state's medical marijuana law.

The search of the home also yielded weighing devices and packaging materials consistent with marijuana distribution, according to investigators. No additional details about possible distribution of the marijuana, including where, how and to whom the drugs were being sold, have come to light, Wiggins said.

Officers also said they found hallucinogenic mushrooms at the home but no signs that they also were being grown there.


NchronicPain 8 years, 1 month ago

Not too much news here.... same crap, just stated differently. Did anyone think they were not going to be named in this?? Lame article.


Wayne Eller 8 years, 1 month ago

And some say that "WE DO NOT HAVE AN IMMEDIATE FOR A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER"----- OUR DUI SHERIFF SAYS THAT WE DO NOT NEED GRAMNET OR ACET. Just have to wonder what it is that we do need. May be that parents that set an example---that is a good example---are what we do need. Great job ACET, now let's hope that the new DA earns her salt and does a good job. I sincerly hope that the changes made are positive ones. Time will tell.


NchronicPain 8 years, 1 month ago

justice4all says: "Great job ACET"

They didn't even find this on their own (they never do)... A cop spotted a drunk teenager urinating on the sidewalk.... stumbled upon a party... accidently found some weed plants and ALOT of weed and few boomers.... THEN they called ole Wiggy over at the ACET, whom I'm sure was up to NOTHING at all.... I agree, "Great job ACET!!! Thanks again for sitting around and doing nothing... waiting for the Steamboat Cops to stumble onto another case for you!!!" I'm so glad my tax dollars are NOT going to fund that stupid GRAMNET and ACET... they are worthless. Thanks Sheriff Wall... you're the man!!!


jk 8 years, 1 month ago

I have to say that if this guy Cartin can have his stash of 20 grams of meth and 33 grams of cocaine deemed "personal use" then 8 pounds of marijuana sounds reasonable. At least it has its benefits and there were no automatic weapons protecting it.


hangoutforawhile 8 years, 1 month ago

The best part is the teenager urinating on the sidewalk was a girl. funny funny. she had to work at that.


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