On Oct. 12, eight Delta residents were arrested in connection with an illegal marijuana cultivation and processing facility within the City of Delta. The ensuing investigation led investigators to believe the marijuana was being cultivated and processed for the purpose of illegal distribution in Miami, Fla.
Multiple firearms were seized, along with marijuana processing equipment valued in the thousands. In addition to the equipment and firearms, 28 marijuana plants and approximately 860 pounds of processed marijuana were seized. The Florida street value of the marijuana was estimated between $2.75 and $3.44 million.
The search warrant was executed at 1293 H25 Road with the assistance of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Black Market Marijuana Task Force and the 7th Judicial Drug Task Force.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the Delta Police Department arrested eight Delta residents -- Lisset Alvarez-Perez, age 48, Balmer Able Sierra, 45, Yasser Able Sierra-Marin, 43, Yosbany Atucha-Pelaey, 41, Freddy Perez-Maya, 27, Manuel Antonio Morejon-Urquiaga, 80, Dayami Guerra-Arias, 25, and Juan Ayala-Milian, 54.
All eight are charged with cultivation of marijuana, a Class 2 drug felony, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a Class 1 drug felony.
Lisset Alvarez-Perez, Balmer Able Sierra and Yasser Able Sierra-Marin face additional charges of keeping/maintaining property for controlled substances, a misdemeanor.