Three arrested in multi-county marijuana bust

Crime

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. — Three people have been arrested in connection with a multi-county marijuana cultivation operation, according to the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the investigation involved properties in Colorado Springs, Divide, and east of Trinidad in Las Animas County. Investigators searched all three properties Tuesday morning.

Deputies said the operation was producing and distributing “large amounts of marijuana and marijuana concentrate throughout the United States and other countries.”

Investigators seized more than 1,500 plants, more than $32,000 in cash, and several guns and cars.

Three suspects have been arrested on marijuana-related charges. They were identified as Javier Morejon, 65, Robin Morejon, 55, and Joseph Vaquilar, 35. A mugshot of Vaquilar was not immediately available.

Teller County Commander Greg Couch says these operations use hazardous chemicals that are dangerous to the public.

“They’re not inspected for safety, so some of the chemicals that they use in their operation could be seeping into the ground water, your drinking water. Some of the electrical hazards, are unbelievable. We have a report on one of these locations that the power lines and transformer caught on fire and melted because they were drawing so much electricity, so it is a danger to others and the public – it’s not something that should be ignored,” said Couch.

Deputies said they are seeking additional suspects, and more charges may be added in the future.

“The sheriff has been very clear about it. Our viewpoint in this county is you’re not going to do these kinds of things and endanger everyone else in this county who are law abiding citizens,” said Couch.

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