A little more than 5 pounds of marijuana seized Monday by Otero County drug agents and deputies along with some U.S. Border Patrol agents is now in evidence, and police believe the high-grade pot may be medicinal marijuana from California that made its way to the black market, KRQE News 13 reported.
Agents got a tip that someone was selling marijuana out of a house in Boles Acres south of Alamogordo, News 13 said.
When deputies searched the home of Shawn Danielewicz, 39, they found the marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a gun and $800 in cash in Danielewicz’s wallet, according to KRQE.
“It’s very well manicured; a lot of it is grown hydroponically,” Otero County Undersheriff David Hunter said of the marijuana. “They cultivate the marijuana to get the highest amount of THC, which is more common with your medical producers.”
Agents said the five pounds seized on Monday has a street value of nearly $20,000, while the same amount of lower-grade pot would be worth around $1,500, KRQE reported.
“The individuals that are licensed producers, oftentimes their product will hit the black market, and it’ll be sold or transported or mailed,” said Hunter, who said agents are turning up more and more high-grade marijuana in their seizures, some of which may be medicinal in origin.