Sep 132010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

Mishawaka Amphitheatre could be shut down if a new owner isn’t found following Sept. 19, the end of the season, after the current owner was busted on drug charges in August of last year.

Robin Jones, the owner, is facing criminal charges for the alleged cultivation, possession and distribution of marijuana and possession of ecstasy pills laced with methamphetamine.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigated Jones for about six months before he was caught and charged when investigators found several hundred marijuana plants in his residence and in Mishawaka, located up the Poudre Canyon in Bellvue.

The arrest comes as no surprise to the investigators.

“Everyone knows that Mishawaka has been involved with drugs for a long time,” said Josh Sheldon, the lead investigator on the case for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

A burglary near the Mishawaka property led investigators to make the arrest in August after deputies followed a lead that the suspect was staying in one of the cabins on the property. Upon arriving, Sheldon said the deputies found the marijuana and arrested Jones.

Mishawaka is only one of the areas that was used by Jones to grow and distribute the drugs.

“It’s occurring between a couple of locations. One of them is Mishawaka,” Sheldon said, adding that he could not release the other locations because the case is ongoing.

Jones is being charged through the Larimer County Judicial System, though he faces a civil lawsuit against the federal government in the federal court system.

The federal government has filed asset forfeiture against Jones and is hoping to gain possession of the $22,000 he made through the drug sales, his residence and the cost of the marijuana growing equipment.

“All parties agreed the mphitheatre would not be a part of the agreement,” said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Dorschner said the lack of equity in the property is the reason they left the amphitheatre out of the lawsuit.

While Jones is facing serious repercussions, the amphitheatre is not being included in the lawsuit and will be open for business until the end of the season. J.R. Dominick, an employee of the establishment, said the amphitheatere is set to remain open until Sept. 19.

After that date the property will need to be sold for it to remain open, though Dominick said there are prospective buyers.

Jones is set to go to trial in November.

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Sep 132010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

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The owner of Mishawaka Amphitheatre Robin Jones is facing criminal charges for the cultivation, possession and distribution of marijuana and other controlled substances, including ecstasy pills laced with methamphetamine.

Mishawaka is only one of the areas being used by Jones to grow and distribute the drugs according to Josh Sheldon, lead investigator on the case for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s occurring between a couple of locations; one of them is Mishawaka,” Sheldon said. “It’s still an ongoing investigation.”

Jones is being charged through the Larimer County Judicial System.

The federal courts have also filed a civil lawsuit against Jones and are looking to get the $22,000 that Jones has made through drug sales, the cost of the marijuana growing equipment and the cost of his residence. The amphitheatre is not being included in the lawsuit.

“All parties agreed the amphitheatre would not be a part of the agreement,” said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The amphitheatre could be sold at the end of the season on September 19 according to J.R. Dominick, an employee of the establishment.

Dominick said there were prospective buyers and that the amphitheatre will remain open until the end of the season.

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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