Colorado’s first big illegal grow raids of 2018: hundreds of plants in two seizures

Published: Jan 18, 2018, 8:40 am • Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 8:40 am By Ellie Mulder, The Gazette Authorities raided three illegal marijuana grows in the Falcon area Wednesday, seizing 175 plants, 5 pounds of processed marijuana, firearms and $ 5,000 in cash, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office announced.…

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The story behind the undercover investigation that led to the Sweet Leaf raids

Published: Dec 28, 2017, 6:49 pm • Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 7:06 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A budtender’s six-month stint at the Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center in Aurora came with no incidents — no activity recognizable as illegal or suspicious. The same couldn’t be said after that…

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13 Sweet Leaf budtenders swept up in Denver police raids

Published: Dec 15, 2017, 3:42 pm • Updated: Dec 15, 2017, 6:29 pm By Alicia Wallace and Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff The 13 people arrested Thursday in a yearlong investigation into suspected illegal marijuana sales at Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers were budtenders, The Cannabist’s preliminary review of arrest affidavits…

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Washington raids net $80 million worth of illegal marijuana

Published: Dec 1, 2017, 8:42 am • Updated: Dec 1, 2017, 8:42 am By The Associated Press CENTRALIA, Wash. — Authorities say investigators have raided suspected marijuana grow operations involving Chinese nationals in Western Washington, resulting in the confiscation of an estimated $ 80 million or more in plants. The…

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California authorities arrest 18, including Rastafarian church leader, in marijuana raids at numerous sites

Published: Oct 4, 2017, 3:36 pm • Updated: Oct 4, 2017, 4:41 pm By The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Northern California authorities have arrested 18 people and raided a dozen sites connected to marijuana operations. The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that one of the suspects is the…

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At least 20 times this decade, marijuana SWAT raids turned deadly

Published: Mar 20, 2017, 11:50 am • Updated: Mar 20, 2017, 11:50 am By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post Since 2010, at least 20 SWAT raids involving suspected marijuana dealers have turned deadly, according to data compiled by the New York Times. The list of fatalities includes small-time dealers and…

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Mail fail: Alaska pot store raids were prompted by tip from post office

Published: Feb 13, 2017, 9:41 am • Updated: Feb 13, 2017, 9:41 am By The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska marijuana regulators say a tip from the U.S. Postal Service prompted Thursday’s raids on seven pot retail stores. The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office says it was notified by…

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Detroit Raids Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Instead Of Licensing Them

A number of area attorneys are telling The Compassion Chronicles that medical marijuana dispensaries are being raided by the Detroit Police Department, despite assurances that businesses of that type will begin licensing procedures on March 1. Although attorneys are reluctant to release the names of the dispensaries involved, it seems…

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