32 indicted in Colorado pot trafficking investigation – The Cannabist
Published: Mar 25, 2015, 1:47 pm By John Ingold, The Denver Post Colorado officials have won indictments against 32 people accused of being part of a multimillion-dollar scheme to grow marijuana illegally in Colorado and ship it out of state.
The organization allegedly exported as much as 400 pounds monthly of marijuana grown in Denver warehouses, most commonly to Minnesota. Couriers transported hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time back to Denver, according to the indictment. In sum, the organization is estimated to have made $12 million during its four-year run, the indictment alleges.
The Colorado State Grand Jury handed down the indictment last week, and law enforcement this week began rounding up those who were charged. At least five members of the alleged organization have so far been arrested, according to Denver jail records. But state officials refused to comment on the indictment or the arrests, saying instead that an announcement is planned for Thursday.
“This is still an active investigation at this point,” said Carolyn Tyler, a spokeswoman for the Colorado attorney general’s office.
The investigation was dubbed “Operation Golden Go-fer,” an apparent reference to both the mascot for the University of Minnesota and an operation member-turned-informant whom the indictment describes as providing “go-fer services” for the trafficking ring.
The charges are the culmination of sweeping raids on multiple warehouses last October. All of the raided warehouses were in areas popular with licensed, commercial marijuana growers.
According to the indictment, though, the raided grow facilities were not licensed with the state. Instead, the growers are accused of operating under the false pretense of being medical marijuana caregivers. Their real goal, according to the indictment, was to use Colorado’s laws and commercial marijuana industry to “hide in plain sight.”
The indictment alleges that the growers considered setting up their operation in California before settling on Colorado, “due to their perceived lack of regulatory enforcement actions and oversight in the marijuana industry.”
Organization members “subjectively felt Colorado’s weak regulatory enforcement structure afforded them the easiest opportunity to conduct illegal marijuana and distribution activity with little to no consequences from law enforcement and … – Click Here To Visit Article Source