Man arrested in illegal marijuana grow operation near Kiowa

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ELBERT COUNTY, Colo — A 23-year-old man dodging arrest for a felony warrant for charges related to an illegal marijuana grow operation at a residence outside of Kiowa was taken into custody Saturday, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office said.

On Sept. 20, deputies with the Elbert County SWAT team executed a search warrant at 9662 Highway 86 after gathering information that a grow operation was taking place there.

The property tenant, Felix Gonzalez, was not at the residence at the time of the search. An arrest warrant for Gonzalez was issued for several charges, including cultivation of marijuana.

On Saturday, Gonzalez returned to the property and began to vandalize it, assaulted a contractor working at the residence, and then fled, the sheriff’s office said.

He was captured a short time later in Calhan.

Gonzalez is in the Elbert County jail on a $10,000 bond for the warrant and several new charges from Saturday’s incident.