- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A 45-year-old man is facing drug charges after sheriff’s deputies say they found more than 600 marijuana plants at his home near Pueblo.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (https://bit.ly/1MhQT5K ) Mario Gonsalves was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture.

Deputies were tipped off to a possibly excessive marijuana grow at Gonsalves’ Avondale home, and a search turned up more than 600 marijuana plants and between 75 and 100 pounds of dried marijuana.

Investigators say Gonsalves told them he was growing medical marijuana for himself but acknowledged the number of plants exceeded the amount permitted by law.

The dried marijuana is valued at about $25,000, and the plants are worth about $150,000.

An attorney was not listed on Gonsalves’ booking documents.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, https://www.chieftain.com


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