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Detectives arrest four with ties to Cuba in illegal marijuana bust

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PUEBLO - The Pueblo County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested four people, with ties to Cuba after discovering two illegal marijuana grow sites in Pueblo County.

Detectives say more than 365 marijuana plants were found, worth an estimated street value of $1 million. Five weapons and various types of grow equipment were found during a search at a home in eastern Pueblo County and at a second home in northern Pueblo County.

Detectives, DEA, and FBI Safe Streets executed search warrants early Monday morning at a home in the 1800 of 58th Lane and a second home in the 5000 block of Quail Road. 

The search was conducted after the Sheriff's Office received multiple tips of possible illegal marijuana grow operations.

Detectives discovered three indoor commercial grows containing 85 marijuana plants at the home on 58th Lane. Elaborate lighting and irrigation systems were also found at the location specifically for marijuana grow operations.

Two large outdoor grows, including one that was fenced in hidden under a large awning were discovered at the Quail Road home. The two grows yielded a combined 283 mature plants.

Detectives believe all the suspects know each other and the separate operations are related, the marijuana was believed to have been grown in state and shipped out of Colorado for sale. 

Four were arrested in connection with both locations, 31-year old Jose Alberto Gonzalez, 44-year old Sergio Luis Martinez-Suarez, 40-year old Yoandris Bacallao-Ramos and 50-year old Francisco Jose Sanchez are all charges including Possession with Intent to Distribute, Cultivation of Marijuana and Conspiracy.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says these are the second and third large busts made in the past seven days.

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