As a trial date for Stormy and Stacy Griffith approaches in Delta District Court, Stormy Griffith has been placed in federal custody for many of the same charges levied in Delta County.
In Delta County, the Griffiths are charged with cultivation of marijuana (more than 30 plants); possession with intent to manufacture, dispense, sell or distribute marijuana or marijuana concentrate; processing or manufacturing marijuana and marijuana concentrate; possession of a Schedule I controlled substance; distribution of marijuana concentrate; money laundering; and two charges related to marijuana excise tax returns.
The charges are the result of alleged extensive marijuana grow operations in the Cedaredge area.
The U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency sought additional charges against Stormy, including conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm. Griffith is now in federal custody.
In preparation for the District Court trial scheduled to begin March 31, Judge Steven Schultz conducted a motions hearing Tuesday morning. Stacy was present with her attorney, Brandon Luna, but Stormy was not. He remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service, although it's unclear where.
Because Stormy was unable to participate in the proceedings, both the judge and his attorney were reluctant to proceed. The hearing was reset for March 10 and the deputy district attorney was asked to ensure Stormy Griffith would be transported from wherever he is being held.
Regardless of the additional charges against Stormy Griffith, and motions regarding his legal representation, the judge said he doesn't want to affect Stacy's rights to a fair hearing. A full day was set aside to hear a variety of pending motions, with or without Stormy's participation.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.