Numerous Marijuana Grow Operations Raided In Colorado

By McCarton Ackerman 10/31/14

Despite marijuana being legal, people are still getting busted in Colorado.

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Marijuana might be legal for medical and recreational use in Colorado, but that didn’t stop the Drug Enforcement Agency and Denver cops from raiding numerous marijuana grow operations throughout the city.

The Denver Police Department tweeted no details about the raids, while Denver’s DEA group supervisor, James Gothe, only referred it to as “a large and successful investigation.” An anonymous source at the DEA also reported that the grow operations were committing violations of state marijuana law. Local news reporter Tak Landrock reported that marijuana plants, money, and cars were seized at six locations throughout Denver.

The U.S. Justice Department laid out several key priorities last year in their vow to enforce federal laws against marijuana trading in Colorado and Washington. Among them were preventing marijuana distribution to minors, violence and the use of firearms in growing and distributing the drug, and transporting marijuana from states where it is legal into other states. The anonymous DEA source claims these grow operations fell within several of the key priorities of the Justice Department on this issue.

Transporting marijuana across state lines continues to be a major issue for law enforcement officials since Colorado weed has shown up in more than 40 states. Postal interceptions of marijuana from Colorado also increased from 15 in all of 2010 to 209 in the first five months of 2013, while the total amount of Colorado marijuana seized while en route to other states increased 400% from 2005 to 2012.

But the Justice Department priority of preventing driving while stoned appears to have been completed successfully. Traffic fatalities in the state are down from last year and are at near-historic lows post-marijuana legalization.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.