Steamboat Springs 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.