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Man arrested after illegal marijuana grow found in Vineland home

Posted at 6:03 AM, Aug 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-03 10:06:16-04

PUEBLO — Pueblo County Sheriff's Narcotics Detectives arrested a 52-year-old man after finding 30 pounds of dried marijuana and more than 120 marijuana plants growing in a Vineland home.

Sheriff's Patrol Deputies went to a home in the 1500 block of 33rd Lane on Thursday after receiving a tip of a possible illegal marijuana grow at the home.

A resident of the home, Kenneth Heritsch, admitted to deputies he had 36 marijuana plants growing in the home. State law allows only 12 plants per home.

Deputies left and obtained a warrant to search the home. The Narcotics Detectives executed the search and found 121 marijuana plants growing in the home along with 30 pounds of dried marijuana, 55 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and an undetermined amount of cash.

The marijuana plants have an estimated street value of $121,000 and the value of the dried marijuana product is estimated at $39,000.

Detectives arrested Heritsch for possession with intent to manufacture/distribute marijuana, cultivation of marijuana (more than 30 plants) and possession of a schedule 1 substance.

Heritsch has been booked into the Pueblo County Jail.