ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A man busted for running a major pot plantation right in the middle of Santa Fe took to Facebook to brag about the time he will have to spend behind bars.
Marshall Duran pleaded guilty to a distribution charge and a probation violation in early September. He started serving his two-month jail sentence last week.
The sentence was for an elaborate marijuana grow operation he admitted to running in a warehouse he rented.
Santa Fe police found the illegal plantation in February. Lapel camera video shows marijuana filled every room of a warehouse near Cerrillos Road. There was elaborate lighting and an extensive watering system.
Police said suitcases filled with the illegal grow pinpoint what he was going to do with it.
“We believe he was then using the product to distribute in the city,” Santa Fe Police Department Spokesperson Celina Westervelt said.
Westervelt said the department hoped the bust would have taught the repeat offender a lesson.
“We wanted to be able to keep him behind bars and make him pay and learn the lesson of this crime,” Westervelt said.
When Duran was sentenced, the police department would learn he would only be spending about 60 days behind bars and 10 months on an ankle bracelet.
It’s a sentence that some might call a sweet deal. It appears Duran does by comments he posted on Facebook.
One of his comments read, "I should be thankful it wasn't more. I have a record spanning sixteen years of the same types of charges."
The District Attorney's Office said they got Duran to plead guilty to the charge with the highest degree that had evidence to support it. That charge was distribution. But it was only a fourth degree offense.
While the grow looked impressive, it was not more than 100 pounds. The DA’s office said if it had been, the offense could have carried a three-year sentence.
With Duran's criminal history, police worry he will re-offend.
They hope he abides by one of his posts - "Time to invest my time in my new occupation."
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