Florida Man Arrested in Colorado for Possession of 959 Cannabis Plants

Florida man Lazaro Piloto-Gomez, 57, is in the Pueblo County Colorado Jail after investigators discovered a major indoor cannabis grow operation at his property there. Apparently, Piloto-Gomez is opening a “Florida Man Franchise” in Pueblo, Colorado.

Investigators for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Special Investigations and Narcotics Division received a tip about an illegal cannabis grow operation in the southwest part of the county. I say illegal, because Colorado residents are allowed by law to possess twelve cannabis plants for their own personal use.

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Detectives went to the property in the 6400 block of Galbreath road near Bergemann road to investigate the tip. They met with Lazaro Piloto-Gomez and spoke to him about the allegation of an illegal cannabis grow operation on his property. Piloto-Gomez admitted to the investigators that he had more than twelve cannabis plants and boy was that an understatement.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and began a search of the residence and two outer buildings, one of which was a large building that was split into two rooms, the other was a separate garage. When the dust settled, detectives seized 930 plants from the large building and 29 more from the smaller garage building for a total 959 cannabis plants.

Also found were approximately 10 pounds of dried cannabis product for a grand total worth almost a million dollars. Also seized was equipment and supplies typically used for packaging and distributing marijuana.

Piloto-Gomez was arrested for cultivation manufacturing of marijuana with intent to distribute (over 50 pounds). Apparently, cannabis cultivation is not a big deal in Colorado. Even though Piloto-Gomez was charged with a first degree felony, his bail was set at $1,000.

Pueblo Regional Building inspectors responded and condemned the home and outbuildings due to the major alterations made to the electrical system.

The investigation into this grow operation is ongoing.

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