Mishawaka Amphitheatre could be shut down if a new owner isnâ€™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 Sheriffâ€™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.
â€œEveryone knows that Mishawaka has been involved with drugs for a long time,â€ said Josh Sheldon, the lead investigator on the case for the Larimer County Sheriffâ€™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.
â€œItâ€™s occurring between a couple of locations. One of them is Mishawaka,â€ 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.
â€œAll parties agreed the mphitheatre would not be a part of the agreement,â€ said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorneyâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org.