Summit Sheriff busts 2 pot-growing operations |

Summit Sheriff busts 2 pot-growing operations

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” The Summit County Drug Task Force has broken up two suspected marijuana-growing operations in the past few weeks, seizing hundreds of plants and arresting three local residents.

After the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department arrested Blue River residents Christopher Stephen Crumbliss, 32, and Tiffany Anne Crumbliss, 37, in Fort Collins during a drug sweep earlier this month, the Summit County SWAT team raided their home in Blue River.

“We didn’t know who or what type of individuals might be at the home, so our SWAT team did the entry into the house,” said Derek Woodman, director of the Summit County Drug Task Force.

Larimer County officials obtained a search warrant for the house on Carroll Lane and recovered more than 90 pot plants.

The two suspects each face four counts of marijuana cultivation and possession with intent to distribute.

In a second case, a landlord tipped off authorities last Friday to an alleged pot-growing operation at the Silverthorne home of 27-year-old Matthew Tinlin, who is accused of growing dozens of marijuana plants in a crawl space.

The landlord, who asked not to be identified, found the plants while performing maintenance work inside the residence. He noticed extension cords leading behind sheets of black plastic hanging from the ceiling concealing the plants.

“Not too many times we’ve had a landlord actually come in and tell us,” said Judy Scollard, administrative assistant for the drug task force. “The landlords out there need to pay attention to know this could be going on.”

While officers were securing the residence, Tinlin and a female arrived home, and he gave consent to search the residence, Woodman said.

Authorites found loose marijuana and 38 plants.

Timlin faces charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana.

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