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Suspected pot grower faces charges

Donna GrayGlenwood Springs correspondent

Aspen, CO ColoradoGLENWOOD SPRINGS A Glenwood Springs woman accused of growing marijuana in a rented home was advised of the charges against her in District Court Wednesday. Julia Jundt, 48, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to commit the manufacture of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana.The marijuana growing operation came to light in late November, when home owner John Hazen discovered a room in the basement that had been drywalled over.When Jundt was arrested on Nov. 30, sheriff’s deputies found 73 live marijuana plants in various stages of maturity in a hydroponic, or water-based growing system.The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jundt and she was released on $5,000 bond. Similar charges have been brought against Jundt’s husband, Steven Jundt. The hydroponic growing operation could handle 400-500 plants, the affidavit said.Deputies also found suspected psilocybin mushrooms, drug paraphernalia, pots, fertilizers, lighting equipment and a ventilation system with specifically designed duct work.Among the evidence found in the home was a detailed growing plan with different harvest dates for the various crops and a ledger with costs and expenses related to the operation. They also found a handwritten letter to Jundt’s daughter with instructions on how to care for the marijuana and the proper amounts of fertilizer to be used, according to a search warrant affidavit. Jundt did not appear with an attorney Wednesday and told presiding magistrate Lain Leoniak she intended to apply for a public defender. She is set to appear in court on March 8.Man advised in burglary caseIn other court news, one of the two young men charged with breaking into Glenwood Springs Elementary School the week before Christmas and stealing several computers was advised of the charges against him in District Court Wednesday. Will Rinehart, 18, of Silt, is charged with two felonies, second-degree burglary of a building, theft of property valued between $500 and $15,000 and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.On Dec. 19, Rinehart and Garrett Edquist, 18, of Glenwood Springs, turned themselves in to Glenwood Springs police, admitting they were responsible for the theft of six G4 Macs, two G5 iMacs, an iBook laptop computer and an LCD projector, which were taken from the school on Dec. 16. The equipment was worth about $10,000.Rinehart is set to appear in court Feb. 22 for arraignment and Edquist will see the judge on Feb. 8.


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