Colorado and federal agents have raided illegal marijuana operations across the state the past six weeks in a concerted effort to take out syndicates marketing marijuana to different parts of the country.
U.S. Attorney John Walsh’s staff has filed numerous criminal charges in recent weeks against illegal operations.
“This wave of marijuana grow operation sites is greater than we’ve seen the last couple of years,” Walsh said. “They seem to have the view that ‘if I come to Colorado and set up a marijuana grow operation, I won’t be noticed.’ ”
Walsh speculated that the influx could be linked to the drought in California, where many illegal grow operations have been found previously. Colorado is more desirable because it is not in drought, he said.
“Marijuana takes a lot of water to grow,” Walsh said.
Local, state and federal agents have arrested 34 people, few of them Colorado residents, on illegal marijuana charges the past six weeks. Some of the offenders were citizens of Mexico, Honduras and Cuba. About 20,000 marijuana plants were destroyed as well as 300 kilograms of dried marijuana. [Read more at The Denver Post]