Fed Raids Seek Ties To Colombian Drug Cartels
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Fed Raids Seek Ties To Colombian Drug Cartels
Posted by CN Staff on November 22, 2013 at 14:56:20 PT
By Jeremy P. Meyer and Eric Gorski and John Ingold
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- Colorado marijuana businesses raided this week by federal agents are being investigated for a possible connection to Colombian drug cartels, sources told The Denver Post on Friday.Three sources, who have knowledge of the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak. Investigators believe the businesses that were raided are all "one big operation," a source said.
Federal agents swarmed 14 locations, including dispensaries and grow warehouses, in Denver, Commerce City and Boulder County, according to sources. Two homes were targeted.Investigators believe those targeted in the raids had been actively purchasing area dispensaries and growhouses over a sustained period of time, one of the sources said.A search warrant obtained by The Denver Post included 10 "target subjects" who were owners of businesses or people connected to medical marijuana businesses. One of the raided dispensaries — VIP Cannabis in Denver — had applied for state licensing in 2010 but regulators have yet to approve or reject it, said Julie Postlethwait, a spokeswoman for the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, part of the Department of Revenue.She declined to give a reason for the three-year wait.Authorities from the U.S. Department of Justice and and Internal Revenue Service raided the businesses and homes throughout the Denver metro area on Thursday, serving search and seizure warrants.SnippedComplete Article: The GCWSource: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Jeremy P. Meyer and Eric Gorski and John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: November 22, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on November 24, 2013 at 13:32:27 PT
Time Magazine
8 Things We Won’t Miss When Pot is Legal Everywhere
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Comment #3 posted by museman on November 23, 2013 at 12:13:33 PT
the truth
is written between the lines, and in what was not said. Where did 'Tony' get the idea that the cops would 'help' him if he didn't already have some experience with their rampant, systemic corruption? And because this loser -made by the idea that money and wealth gives you power- and the only difference between his antics and that of the CIA, or DEA, or other US agencies involved in black ops, is that he doesn't have whole armies and corrupt politicians in his pocket. He has probably dined with senators and congressmen, and supplied them and their families with the herb.And he gets 20 years off his sentence -anecdotally associated with 'giving up' the names of other growers and dispensaries that had the bad luck to be on the same registrars page in the state house. I am willing to bet that most, if not all of the other dispensaries will 'beat it in court' but by then the damage is done. -this is why the citizens of Oregon stipulated that any living plants confiscated by a raid (and they can't pull them up and claim they're 'dead') must be kept alive until a conviction. If acquitted they have to give them back along with whatever else they stole. I doubt if this is the case, and all that work, time, investment and cannabis is now in the hands of the really bad people.I am sorry for the people who lost their money, but if it wasn't all about money in the first place, there would be no 'jewel thief' or 'cartel.' And what makes the things that the wealthy rulers do any better or different? Oh yes can't kill the kings of the status quo, can't 'bite the hand that feeds you.' They are all sacrosanct with their immense economic and political power -or so they think.This guy is being used to justify prohibition. Thats the truth.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 22, 2013 at 17:37:00 PT
Wow that is something to read.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 22, 2013 at 15:02:32 PT
Westword's version
Marijuana: DEA pot raids tied to Florida jewel theft kingpin known as Tony Montana?
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