On May 31, 2016, the Bent County Sheriff’s Office, along with the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force (Prowers County Sheriff’s Office, Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office) and the Colorado State Patrol, conducted a search warrant at 10811 Highway 50 in Las Animas for an illegal marijuana grow. The search warrant seized over 200 items of evidence. The parties that have pending charges for this illegal grow are Monty Hawkins, age 59, of Las Animas, and Ricardo Martinez (AKA: Rick Martinez), age 44, of Las Animas. The charging documents will be filed with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.