Three people are being held in connection with an alleged large marijuana grow at a home on Main Street in the western part of downtown Grand Junction.
Yeiniel Turino-Salabarria, 34; Mercedes Rodriguez-Perdomo, 41; and Vivian Rodriguez-Porra, 61, appeared before a judge Thursday and were advised on possible charges of illegal cultivation of more than 30 plants and possession with intent to distribute between five and 50 pounds of marijuana.
The three allegedly lived at 1536 Main St., where Grand Junction police responded Wednesday afternoon and allegedly found more than 75 marijuana plants growing in a garage that had been separated into numerous rooms. Police said they found an estimated 25 to 30 pounds of "finished" marijuana in bags in a room off of the home's laundry room.
Rodriguez-Porra allegedly told police the plants were hers and that she has a medical marijuana license to grow 75 plants. She apparently told police that Turino-Salabarria was instructing her about how to grow marijuana.
Turino-Salabarria said he was teaching the woman how to grow, but he said he had no involvement with the operation in the garage. Materials that matched others found in the grow operation, however, were found in Turino-Salabarria's truck, police noted.
Rodriguez-Perdomo told police that she did not know anything about the grow operation and "stated it was none of her business," according to an arrest record.
In court Thursday, prosecutors said that Turino-Salabarria has prior convictions from 2013 connected to the trafficking and sale of marijuana, and Mesa County Court Judge Craig Henderson issued a $25,000 cash-only bond in his case.
Rodriguez-Perdomo has a 2006 alien inadmissibility charge from Florida, according to prosecutors, and received a 25,000 cash or surety bond in her case. Rodriguez-Porra was granted a personal-recognizance bond on Thursday.