Man connected to illegally run recreational marijuana stores arrested

Jon Vincent Martinez

A man connected to several illegally run marijuana stores in Colorado Springs and El Paso County was arrested on Friday, police also seized more than $1 million in cash. 

According to Lt. Black with CSPD, detectives from the Colorado Springs Metro Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Division’s (MVNI) Marijuana Regulatory Team began an investigation early 2018 into numerous local retail marijuana stores that were illegally operating throughout the region. Retail marijuana stores are illegal to operate in Colorado Springs and El Paso County. 

Police issued cease and desist notices to Toke-a-Lot, Vapors Choice, Toke-a-Lil, Primo’s Smoke, Best Bud, Peak Ascension, Blazed & Confused, and Church of the Most High in October. Search warrants were also obtained for investigators to go through the businesses. 

During these searches, police seized more than ten thousand dollars, over one hundred pounds of refined marijuana product, marijuana-infused edibles, and marijuana concentrate.

As a result of this investigation, detectives issued arrest warrants for four individuals involved in the six businesses. Detectives also obtained a search warrant for a residence located in unincorporated El Paso County.

On Friday, detectives arrested Jon Vincent Martinez, 37, into custody and issued a search warrant for his home. 

During the search of the residence, detectives discovered numerous large safes in the garage that contained over sixty different handguns and rifles. Six of the weapons were found to be stolen from previously reported crimes. Detectives also discovered illegal narcotics inside the residence, which included cocaine, methamphetamine, and ecstasy. 

Black said that evidence obtained during the execution of the search warrant provided detectives with probable cause to author additional search warrants at different locations that ultimately led to the discovery of close to $1.4 million of unreported cash. 

UPDATE: Police originally said they found about $1.8 million in unreported cash. They now say they’ve found about $1.4 million. This story has been updated with the latest information. 

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