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Springs man arrested in pot sting

Detectives with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Colorado Springs man Wednesday who was allegedly trying to sell marijuana to a licensed Pueblo pot shop.

Thomas Salsman
Thomas Salsman

Thomas Salsman, 56, is accused of attempting to sell marijuana to at least one of the Pueblo County marijuana shops, though the PCSO wouldn’t disclose which one.

The PCSO received a tip from the local pot shop about Salsman approaching them to sell marijuana he grows. Salsman admitted to having a grow operation for over two decades, the PCSO said.

Detectives from the PCSO used an undercover sting operation and the help of the dispensary to apprehend Salsman.

The PCSO seized 18 ounces of marijuana and a .45-caliber handgun from Salsman’s vehicle.

Detectives from the sheriff’s office served a search warrant at Salsman’s Colorado Springs home located on the 100 block of Pendelton Circle and confiscated an additional 20 ounces of marijuana.

The combined value of the marijuana is in excess of $15,000, according to the PCSO.

“Marijuana shops and dispensaries are both strictly prohibited from purchasing marijuana from anyone who isn’t licensed by the state,” Lisa Shorter, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said in a release. “State licensing is designated to keep contaminated products from entering the shops so ‘back door’ sales are illegal. Salsman is not a licensed grower and his intent to distribute to the shops is a felony.”

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said he is disconcerted because the suspect came from another community specifically to commit his crime in Pueblo County.

He was being held at Pueblo County jail without bail pending a court appearance.

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