Fort Collins marijuana trafficking operation busted after year-long investigation

State and federal agents have dismantled an illegal marijuana trafficking operation based in Fort Collins and are preparing to make arrests, officials announced Wednesday in a news release.

The agents comprising the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force investigated for a year and obtained warrants to search five sites in Fort Collins. They recovered about 1,000 live marijuana plants, 200 pounds of processed marijuana products and byproducts, tens of thousands of dollars in cash and precious metals, multiple firearms, and evidence of tax evasion, the officials said.

“Arrests are pending,” officials said.

Colorado law allows personal, non-medical cultivation of up to six marijuana plants following the 2012 legalization. Cities and counties can impose additional restrictions. Only licensed businesses can sell marijuana.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation include the Fort Collins police, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Postal Service, USPS Inspection Service, Colorado Department of Revenue, Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, Colorado Department of Agriculture, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and National Guard.

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