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Illegal marijuana grow, meth lab materials found in home

Released on Monday, May 17, 2021
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  • Public Information Officer, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, fcpsmedia@fcgov.com, Website: www.fcgov.com/police/

Fort Collins Police recovered more than 100 plants and materials used for methamphetamine production during a recent investigation into an illegal marijuana grow operation.

Earlier this year, the FCPS marijuana enforcement officer received information about possible illegal cultivation in a home in the 2200 block of Ayrshire Drive. The investigation led police to recover more than 100 plants and several pounds of marijuana packaged for distribution. Officers also discovered chemicals used for producing methamphetamines, as well as several packages of illegal narcotics. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

This case was part of a larger enforcement effort using grant money from the Colorado Legislature designated for gray- and black-market marijuana investigations.

“Many people think that illegal marijuana cultivation poses little threat to the community. However, this case illustrates otherwise,” said Marijuana Enforcement Officer Jim Lenderts. “In addition to the property damage caused by large-scale grow operations, methamphetamine production creates significant risks. Add in illegal distribution and crimes associated with it, and this unobtrusive home was clearly a danger to our community."

The home in this case was a rental property, and the owner was unaware of the activities taking place. Home repair and hazard remediation can be costly, and officers encourage individuals with rental property to ensure that contracts reflect expectations, inspection protocols, and consequences related to use and cultivation of marijuana.

Fort Collins ordinances allow residents to grow up to 6 plants per person or 12 plants per household for medical or recreational use. Marijuana cannot be cultivated openly or publicly, cannot be grown in detached outbuildings, and cannot be grown in a multi-family residence (i.e. apartment or townhome). It is illegal in the state of Colorado for individuals to sell homegrown marijuana.

For more information about marijuana regulations in Fort Collins, visit www.fcgov.com/mmj. If you have concerns about a suspected illegal marijuana grow operation, contact Officer Jim Lenderts at (970) 416-2949 or marijuanaenforcement@fcgov.com. People who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.