Authorities in Pueblo County, Colorado have had their hands very full this year, and it doesn’t look like things are slowing up. About a week ago police made another huge bust finding over 210 cannabis plants between five homes. Seven arrests were made. Not only is this not the first bust of this size in Pueblo this year, but the culprits are consistently having ties to Florida and Cuba. All seven of the people arrested had recently moved to Colorado from Florida. It seems that a very large Florida operation is trying to establish grow houses in the state.
Obviously, 210 plants is way more than citizens of Colorado are legally able to grow in their homes, but on top of the grow houses they also had 50 pounds of dried cannabis as well. The combined value was estimated at $1.3 million. That’s not money to laugh at, and in some of the previous busts there have been illegal guns discovered as well. I think it’s clear that we aren’t dealing with your average friendly weed dealers here. While it is reassuring that these criminals are being dealt with, the consistency of these busts is pretty disturbing.
Pueblo County has had an incredible amount of busts in the past few months, especially. This last one will be the 19th in just the last two months. That has included around 30 arrests all in grow houses that have mainly been in the Pueblo West area. Authorities have also confiscated over 5,400 plants. Some would think that operations this large would be virtually impossible to keep under the radar, but apparently there is a good chance that the increase in arrests we are seeing has more to do with the fact that police are cracking down on homegrown cannabis more than ever. On the other hand, this particular arrest was made possible by the help of a citizen’s tip, so maybe the police still don’t have great resources for discovering these operations on their own. I’d like to think that the real solution to this problem is simply ending prohibition. I would think that if Florida had regulated medical or recreational cannabis, then the market for exporting from Colorado would disappear. Hopefully that happens sooner than later.