Police: Man wanted for stealing 8.9M painkillers caught growing pot in Colorado Springs

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A man who was wanted for stealing a shipment of 8.9 million tablets of hydrocodone was caught in Colorado Springs Thursday, after detectives busted an illegal pot grow.

Felipe Hurtado, 50, had outstanding felony warrants from Georgia on charges including cargo theft and trafficking in controlled substances (Schedule II), according to a statement from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, DEA agents, police detectives and other agents searched three homes – two in Colorado Springs and one in unincorporated El Paso County, officials stated.

Investigators said they seized about 537 plants, three weapons and an “undetermined amount” of cash.

Police believe Hurtado relocated to Colorado and started growing marijuana after the stealing the shipment of pain killers in 2014.