A married couple renting a house in Divide for the past year were arrested July 7 in a marijuana raid the Teller County Sheriff’s Office is calling “the largest single criminal enterprise seizure” that the agency has been involved with.
Javier Morejon, 64, and his wife, Robin Morejon, 54, were booked into the Teller County jail in Divide on felony marijuana and special drug offender charges. Each is being held on a $50,000 bond, according to the jail inmate log.
The pair are part of an illegal black-market marijuana grow, cultivation and distribution ring that is tied to operators in Colorado Springs and Las Animas County, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cmdr. Greg Couch.
Anonymous tips led deputies to the Morejons, who were growing marijuana plants in the basement of a rental home on County Road 5 near Spring Valley, Couch said. They were taken into custody without resistance, he said.
Simultaneously on July 7, 35-year-old Joseph Vaquilar was arrested in Las Animas County, east of Trinidad.
A third search warrant police carried out at 703 Arrawanna St. in Colorado Springs July 7 also uncovered a large, illegal marijuana grow. No one was at the property at the time, Couch said. Colorado Springs police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents are searching for suspects connected to that grow and expect more arrests, he said.
The owner of a wrecker service that has an office in the commercial building off East Platte Avenue was not involved, Couch said.
Over the 14-hour bust at the three sites, authorities confiscated $32,000 in cash, 1,500 marijuana plants with a street value of $2.3 million and firearms that included two shotguns, two pistols and two scoped rifles.