October 5, 2016
by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — Working on information received during recent drug busts in Walsenburg, the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the city last Thursday night in a continued effort to get hard drugs off the streets.
Sheriff’s deputies executed the search warrant on a residence in the 100 block of East Elm St., shortly after 9 pm September 29, arresting three individuals.
HCSO Lt. Craig Lessar told the World Journal deputies knocked on the door of the residence aware there were people inside, but no one came to the door and investigators had to make a forced entry into the home.
The sheriff’s office reports 34-year old Domingo Chavez was taken into custody on an outstanding El Paso County warrant and on local charges of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Brianna Romero, 19, was arrested on a charge of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and Vanessa Sanchez, 22, was arrested on two outstanding Las Animas County warrants. Investigators said Sanchez was scheduled to appear in court in Raton, New Mexico the day she was arrested in Walsenburg.
The sheriff’s office did not report the weight or street value of the narcotics seized, but Newman said it was enough to build a possession with intent to distribute case against at least one of the suspects.
Chavez and Romero remained in custody at the Huerfano County Jail as of early this week. Both are being held on $5,000 cash or surety bonds. Sanchez was transported from Walsenburg to Trinidad on that jurisdiction’s warrants. No injuries were reported associated with the arrests. Excess medical marijuana plants seized:
Sheriff’s deputies last week confiscated approximately 130 plants from an outdoor grow in the Turkey Ridge subdivision area off of CR 120.
The location is approximately five miles east, and ten miles north of Walsenburg off of CO Hwy. 10. The 130 plants confiscated were the number in excess of the 198 medical marijuana plants that were allowed under the resident’s Colorado medical marijuana registry, however, the couple residing on the property had not applied for a conditional use permit through the county land use office. Sheriff Bruce Newman said the outsize grow violation information has been passed on to the county land use office.
Neither the man or woman were arrested at the time the raid took place, but Newman indicated charges may be filed in the near future. “It was a legal medical marijuana grow,” Newman said, “but they had over the legal limit of plants they were allowed.”