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Two arrested in connection to illegal grow operation in Cripple Creek

Michael Gravino Sr. and Michael Gravino Jr.
Posted at 12:20 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 19:28:28-04

CRIPPLE CREEK — The Teller County Sheriff's Office said it has arrested two men in connection to an illegal marijuana grow operation in Cripple Creek.

A multi-agency law enforcement team arrested 40-year-old Michael Gravino, Jr. and 64-year-old Michael Gravino, Sr. after they said they were growing marijuana and shipping it across state lines using the US postal service. In a news release, the Teller County Sheriff's Office said it appeared "this illegal activity had been going on for quite some time."

Investigators seized 43 plants, processed marijuana, seven guns, three vehicles and other evidence at their address at 116 Pikes Peak Ave. in Cripple Creek. The Teller County Sheriff's Office said both men are being held in the Teller County Jail on a $50,000 bond and both face felony drug charges.

Authorities said they will be working with the USPS Postal Inspection Service and the DEA to determine if they will face additional charges.