NewsCovering Colorado


Investigators discover stolen car “chop shop” while responding to illegal pot grow

Posted at 6:24 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 20:24:53-04

EL PASO COUNTY – Upon executing a search warrant for an illegal marijuana grow, investigators discovered a stolen car “chop shop” on another property in an area of El Paso County.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Rural Enforcement and Outreach Unit and Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence executed a search warrant for an illegal marijuana grow in the 5200 block of S Yoder Road Friday afternoon.

116 plants were found, 104 which were seized during the search. Upon being on the property, investigators saw what appeared to be a number of cars in different stages of disrepair to the south in the 5300 block of S Yoder Road, officials said.

Law enforcement officers learned the property was a stolen car “chop shop.” Investigators were able to see two license plates through a wooden fence, both of which came back stolen when followed up on.

A third VIN number was also queried upon which came back stolen, according to a release. The cars were a gold 2005 Ford truck, a 1999 maroon Chevy truck, a white 2002 Ford Truck, and an enclosed trailer.

Investigators on scene attempted to verbally contact any occupants on the property but were unsuccessful, according to a release. Detectives were then contacted and obtained a search warrant for the property and the home.

Eventually, two people were found in the home and taken in for questioning. In executing the search warrant of the home, a Taurus .22 and .410 combination rifle were recovered.

One occupant was found to have a felony conviction for fraud, investigators said. But when asked about the weapons found in the home, he said he bought it a “while back.”

Gonzalo Adrian Gonzalez-Gomez

The man also told investigators he worked on car repairs, which is why there were so many cars on the property. But investigators determined the cars were not in a state of repair but a state of disassembly.

37-year-old Gonzalo Adrian Gonzalez-Gomez was arrested and booked into the Criminal Justice Center for Felony Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender and three counts of Felony First Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft.