Santa Fe factory used in marijuana operation

Posted at: 02/14/2013 9:50 PM
Updated at: 02/14/2013 10:16 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4


The overwhelming scent of weed led Santa Fe Police to what they are calling a high-tech marijuana operation, in what used to be a sausage factory.
It was after dark as officers showed up to a business off Jorgenson Lane to execute a search warrant.
Marshall Duran is who they are looking for.  Police said, he had been renting the property and is a well-known drug dealer in the area.
The space is where neighboring business owners said a strong odor of fresh marijuana had been seeping out of for quite some time.
"You saw what appeared to be a jungle full of marijuana plants," Santa Fe Police Capt. Aric Wheeler said.
Green leafy plants, 113 of the them, were packed into two different rooms, along with trash bags filled with potting soil.  Police quickly discovered this was no overnight operation.
"It was filled with plants, high tech lights that were used to help in the growing process, carbon dioxide condensers," Wheeler explained.
A third room had more than 30 pounds of packaged pot, at an estimated value of more than $120,000.
"One of my friends, she call me that night and said, be careful because they have a bunch of cops over there because they find a marijuana behind you," Bruno Guzman, a mechanic who shares a nearby building complex, said.
While working outside, Guzman said, he would get a whiff of weed from time to time.
"Yeah, but sometimes they start smoking right there with the chicks, sometimes they smoke over here, probably, but now I know why," Guzman said.
Christopher Thayer has been running an antique restoration business nearby for the past 22 years.
"I got that going on back behind me, I'm very surprised," Thayer said adding you can never be too sure who your neighbor is. "Behind closed doors, it's anybody's business."
Police said they have reason to believe the pot that was being grown in that Santa Fe building was being sold and used locally.