Couple faces additional marijuana charges

By Pat Sunderland


A Cedaredge couple awaiting trial for cultivation and distribution of marijuana has again been arrested.

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee reports the arrests are a result of an investigation conducted by the sheriff's office and two federal agencies -- the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

At this time it's unknown if federal charges will be filed. Currently, the Griffiths have been charged with cultivation of marijuana -- more than 30 plants in Delta County courts. The charge specifically addresses complaints that the marijuana plants were not enclosed or covered. The number of plants involved elevate the complaint to a felony, McKee explained.

Firearms and marijuana were reportedly seized during the execution of a search warrant on the Griffiths' Cactus Park property last week.

Deputies have previously responded to that area on reports of shots fired. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Delta County Oct. 3, Stormy Griffith told deputies he emptied two magazines from an AK-47 to scare off intruders on his property.

The Griffiths were arrested Oct. 3 and posted bond of $25,000 the same day. A hearing on their bond has been set for Oct. 12.

A trial has been scheduled for January, where both Stormy and Stacy will face several felony charges arising from a large alleged marijuana grow in 2015. The lengthy list of charges includes cultivation of marijuana -- more than 30 plants; possession with intent to manufacture, dispense, sell or distribute marijuana or marijuana concentrate; money laundering; and evasion of marijuana excise taxes.