2 arrested in connection with illegal Cripple Creek marijuana grow

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Raids conducted in Cripple Creek and El Paso counties have found two illegal marijuana grow operations.

Two men have been arrested in connection with an illegal marijuana grow operation near a high school in Cripple Creek, according to the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Gravino Jr., 40, and Michael Gravino Sr., 64, were charged with offenses related to marijuana and special drug offender, a news release said. They are being held in the Teller County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

The Teller County Narcotics Team conducted an investigation into two residents who were allegedly growing marijuana and shipping it to locations out of state via the U.S. Postal Service, including to Texas and Florida.

On Aug. 1, officers conducted a raid of a house in the 100 Block of Pikes Peak Avenue in connection to the investigation, the news release said. The residence is within 500 feet of Cripple Creek High School.

Narcotics team members seized 43 plants, multiple pounds of processed marijuana, seven firearms, three vehicles and evidence of an illegal out-of-state distribution operation, the news release said.

The legal limit in Colorado for the number of marijuana plants that can be grown at home is 12 plants per residence.

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