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60 pot plants found in Wolcott, cops say

Steve Lynn
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

WOLCOTT ” A man whose car was burglarized was arrested after police found about 60 marijuana plants in the basement of his home Monday, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

Tomas M. Montoya, 27, was arrested on suspicion of one misdemeanor and three felony drug charges after he led a sheriff’s deputy to about 60 marijuana plants in the basement of his home on Bellyache Ridge Road in Wolcott, the report said.

A sheriff’s deputy investigating a car burglary in the Wolcott park and ride found that the car there was registered to Montoya’s home. Montoya answered the door and Deputy Kyle Hall smelled a strong odor of marijuana, Hall said.

Montoya told Hall that he would move the car soon and that he didn’t want to report the burglary, Hall said.

The deputy asked Montoya about the marijuana odor and he gave Hall an empty bag and a marijuana pipe, Hall said.

Montoya let Hall into his home and the odor became stronger, Hall said.

Montoya then gave Hall two pipes and another empty, plastic bag that smelled of marijuana, Hall said.

Hall still smelled marijuana, he said.

Montoya led him to the bathroom gave him more drug paraphernalia and some marijuana from under the sink, Hall said.

Hall asked again about the marijuana smell and threatened to get a search warrant, he said.

Montoya told Hall that he had “a couple plants downstairs,” Hall said.

Montoya led Hall downstairs, where Hall saw several two-foot tall plants and hydration and ventilation systems, Hall said.

Deputies seized the plants and equipment, which Montoya bought in Denver for $7,000, Hall said.

One marijuana plant can yield $1,000 during its life, said Detective Lt. Mike McWilliam of the Sheriff’s Office.

Montoya’s dogs, cats and snake were given to animal control, McWilliam said.

Montoya is being held on a $7,500 bond in Eagle County jail, said Sara Cross, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Diana S. Fieler, 18, was also arrested on suspicion of felony marijuana production and cultivation and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an arrest record.

Fieler was Montoya’s girlfriend, Hall said.

Fieler was released from Eagle County jail, McWilliam said.