Illegal marijuana plants, processed marijuana seized in multi-state drug distribution operation close to Cripple Creek Higher College | Pikes Peak Courier


The Teller County Narcotics Group arrested two males and confiscated many illegal marijuana plants, many pounds of marijuana and other proof in an illegal multi-state distribution operation inside 500 feet of Cripple Creek Higher College, deputies stated Friday in a news release.

Officers from the Cripple Creek Police Division and deputies from the Teller County Sheriff’s Workplace on Thursday arrested a father and son, Michael Gravino, Jr., 40, and Michael Gravino, Sr., 64, each of Cripple Creek, in connection with the operation. 

Police confiscated 43 plants, many pounds of processed marijuana, seven firearms and 3 autos soon after executing a search warrant at 116 Pikes Peak Ave. in Cripple Creek Thursday. The warrant was a outcome of an investigation by members of the Teller County Narcotics Group into the Gravinos, who have been allegedly developing marijuana then shipping it out of state to a variety of areas, like to persons in Texas and Florida, the release states.

Police stated packages of marijuana have been becoming shipped in United States Postal Service boxes and the illegal activity appeared to be ongoing for some time.

Gravino, Jr. and Gravino, Sr. are each charged with offenses connected to marijuana and unique drug offender, each felonies. They are becoming held at Teller County Jail, each and every on a $50,000 bond, booking records show.

The narcotics group is operating with the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration to ascertain whether or not added federal charges are suitable, according to the release.

Any one with info on either individual arrested, or who may well be a witness to this investigation, is asked to contact the Teller County Sheriff’s Workplace at 719-687-9652. Callers may well stay anonymous by leaving a message on the TCSO tip line or on the web at


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