Sep 262010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

Robin Jones, owner of Mishawaka Amphitheatre, is facing five new criminal charges after being arrested about a year ago for the alleged cultivation, possession and distribution of marijuana.

Prosecutors filed charges of attempting to influence a public servant and violating bond conditions, in addition to new cultivation, possession and distribution charges. Jones was already on bond for the previous case.

This information comes to light about two weeks after the Collegian broke the story about Jones’ August arrest and the possible closure of Mishawaka Amphitheatre as a result.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigated Jones for about six months before he was caught and charged in August 2009 for the alleged cultivation, possession and distribution of marijuana.

A burglary in the area led authorities to the Mishawaka property where investigators found 280 pounds of marijuana plants in his residence and in Mishawaka, located up the Poudre Canyon near Bellvue.

About a month ago, the U.S. Marshals went back to post papers for forfeiture and seizure on the property and discovered more plants, resulting in Jones being charged a second time for the cultivation, possession and distribution of marijuana.

“We took all his drugs and all his stuff. We came back and he had it again,” said Josh Sheldon, lead investigator on the case for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

As part of the investigation, prosecutors allege that Jones’s only income came from the cultivation and distribution of marijuana. Jones, however, provided the Collegian with copies of his tax filings for the past five years in an interview conducted Friday.

These show that Jones made money from the sale of his home and 75 acres of land off of Taft Hill Road, among other income.

Jones’s August 2009 charges and most recent charges are considered two separate cases, though Jones was charged with the alleged cultivation, possession and distribution of marijuana each time.

To save time and money, Jones will be tried by jury on Jan. 24 for charges linked to both arrests. He could face separate repercussions for each charge.

The possible consequences if Jones is convicted are unknown and depend on the courts discretion, according to Sheldon.

Jones’s trial was originally scheduled for November but was pushed back to January to give prosecutors and Jones’s attorney more time to examine the new charges.

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

The federal government hopes to gain possession of the $22,000 he made through the drug sales, his residence and the cost of the marijuana growing equipment through asset forfeiture.

Jones has a motions hearing on Nov. 22.

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

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