Man who grew pot in rental property has criminal history

7:08 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - 9NEWS has learned a man who skipped out on paying rent in Larkspur after growing pot, in violation of his rental agreement, has an extensive criminal history in Georgia, including marijuana-related charges.

Thursday, 9NEWS reported that Lana Wagner rented a home to Rey David Vargas Jr. He signed a 2-year lease, including a clause forbidding him from growing anything commercial or medicinal.

Wagner said she noticed Vargas was growing marijuana anyway.

Vargas is not licensed as a medical or retail marijuana business with the State Department of Revenue.

Under Amendment 64, Vargas couldn't operate out of a home anyway. There are several regulations governing a licensed commercial operation.

Commercial grows are illegal in Douglas County. People are allowed to have up to six plants.

The Colorado Health Department could not confirm if Vargas is a licensed caregiver, citing privacy laws.

9NEWS followed-up on the story after receiving several tips about Rey David Vargas Jr.'s history.

According to the police department in Gwinnett County Georgia, Vargas has been booked into the Gwinnett County Jail 12 times since 1999. His most recent arrest was in 2007.

Most of Vargas' arrests were probation violations. The most serious arrest was in 2005 for aggravated assault and cruelty to children.

In 2007, Vargas was arrested on several charges including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, schedule 4 controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Vargas has no criminal history in Colorado.

"I'm just shocked," said Wagner after 9NEWS told her about Vargas' 12 arrests. "I thought we were covering ourselves as best as we could. It's bizarre that we're finding this out now."

Wagner said she and her husband did a background check on Vargas and found a possession charge. Wagner told 9NEWS they talked to Vargas about it but he told them he "didn't do that anymore."

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