Large Drug Operation Found in Elk Co.
A federal warrant was executed earlier this month at the home of 54-year-old James Volpe following a four-month investigation.
At the house, police found 65 marijuana plants growing behind a false wall in the basement, along with growing equipment and digital scales. They also found more than a pound of methamphetamine, $2,600 in cash, and a pill-making machine with, according to the criminal complaint, hundreds if not thousands of pills. Police also found a .22 caliber handgun in Volpe’s garage.
He is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal possession of a firearm. He is on federal probation, and prohibited from having a firearm.
Volpe is in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in front of District Judge Tony King.