Deputies seize 300 plants from illegal marijuana grow in Pueblo County

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Benjamin Marquez Jr., 34, was arrested after deputies found 309 marijuana plants in the backyard of a Pueblo County home. Photos courtesy Pueblo Cou

A man is facing charges after deputies seized about 300 marijuana plants from an illegal grow in Pueblo County Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said they got a tip about a possible illegal marijuana grow in the backyard of a home on Red Creek Springs Road, which is on the west side of Pueblo. When they went to the home on Tuesday, they saw what appeared to be marijuana plants growing in plastic bins in the backyard of the home. The bins were visible from the street, according to the sheriff’s office. 

The residents, who arrived home while the deputies were there, let the deputies see the grow. Deputies found 309 immature marijuana plants growing in plastic drinking cups inside plastic bins in the backyard of the home, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Deputies arrested Benjamin Marquez Jr., 34, on suspicion of cultivation of 30 plants or more of marijuana. They said more arrests may be coming. 

The sheriff’s office said this is the third illegal marijuana grow discovered in the county in the past two weeks. The other two were in Pueblo West. 

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