Attorney General: Largest Pot Bust Since Legalization – CBS Local
DENVER (CBS4)- The Colorado Attorney General says it’s the largest marijuana bust in Colorado since legalization after 32 people were indicted in a drug trafficking conspiracy.
Tri Trong Nguyen along with his wife, three sisters and dozens of co-conspirators, is alleged to have overseen a massive illegal interstate marijuana distribution network.
Tri Nguyen (credit: Colorado Attorney General)
For four years, Nguyen and 31 others held themselves out as medical marijuana patient caregivers, property managers servicing marijuana growers, as marijuana “cooperatives,” and small business owners while they trafficked tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana trim, concentrate, and butane hash oil out of state. Conservatively, the group laundered millions of dollars.
“This investigation shut down one of the largest and most sophisticated criminal enterprises uncovered since Colorado voters passed Amendment 20 in 2000. Nguyen’s drug ring is further evidence of Colorado’s thriving black market. Illegal drug dealers are simply hiding in plain sight, attempting to use the legalized market as a cover,” said Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman.
In January 2014, the Denver Police Department responded to a citizen complaint and found an unlicensed marijuana grow warehouse.
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The operator, Michael Glick, claimed the “co-op” was legally growing 500-600 plants for five medical marijuana patients. The discovery set in motion a massive local, state, and federal law enforcement investigation.
A search warrant executed in October led to law enforcement’s seizure of 4,600 pounds of marijuana, nearly 2,000 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of hash oil, and approximately $1.4 million in cash.
“We are grateful to our state and federal partners who we worked with on the ‘Operation Golden Go-fer’ investigation,” said Denver Police Chief Robert White.
“These partnerships and investigations go a long way to send the message to criminals who think the Denver area is the place to setup illegal marijuana operations. The Denver Police Department has a unit of dedicated detectives whose main objective is to stop illegal marijuana operations in our city and Denver does not tolerate these crimes in our city. ”
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