Disturbance leads to pot bust in Glenwood
A yelling match at 3 a.m. Saturday between a 25-year-old Glenwood Springs man and a 17-year-old girl ended with their arrests for growing marijuana.
It was the third drug bust in as many days for the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT).
According to police reports, officers were called Feb. 27 to an apartment at 1611 Cooper Ave. over an argument loud enough to make a neighbor call and report “yelling, crying and what sounded like someone being thrown against a wall.”
Officers eventually gained entry to the apartment and found that the dispute had remained verbal, with no punches being thrown. They also found a number of live marijuana plants growing in the place.
The man, Jason Tittera, scuffled with officers during their investigation, and he was arrested for resisting arrest, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The 17-year-old was also arrested for possession of marijuana.
According to a prepared statement from TRIDENT, Tittera told officers: “There were 12 plants, approximately 2 to 3 weeks old, approximately 1-inch tall. Tittera advised he learned about cultivating in High Times magazine.”
Both Tittera and the girl were lodged in jail while TRIDENT officers prepared a search warrant which was signed by a judge at 6 a.m. The search was conducted and 13 plants, believed to be marijuana, were seized, along with marijuana growing-equipment, an undisclosed amount of cash and three magazines.
Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Lou Vallario, according to the TRIDENT statement, said the specific titles of the reading material confiscated wouldn’t be released as they were considered evidence. Vallario said he did think “this guy might want to consider switching his subscriptions to the National Geographic.”
Cultivation of marijuana is a class 4 felony, which is normally punishable by two to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Tittera’s bond was set at $6,600, and he got out of jail Saturday afternoon.
According to Vallario, “This is TRIDENT’s third arrest in three days. In a two-week period, we have had arrests in Rifle, Carbondale, Glenwood, and unincorporated Garfield County.” Just since the beginning of this year, he said, people have been arrested for trafficking in methamphetamines, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana and cocaine.
TRIDENT has officers assigned from the Basalt, Glenwood Springs and Rifle police departments, as well as from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Carbondale and Rio Blanco county will join the team later this year.
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