View Operation Fortune Cookie: Geography of a pot bust in a larger map On February 16, 2008, more than a hundred law enforcement officers up and down the northern Front Range launched Operation Fortune Cookie, a multi-day raid on dozens of marijuana grow houses in the north metro area that would go ... More >>
Our February 4 story, "Medical Marijuana Has Become a Growth Industry in Colorado," described how the state's medical pot laws have fueled a booming dispensary industry -- an industry that was starting to look like the Wild West, with robberies and rip-off accusations thanks to lax regulations and ... More >>
A Flickr photoMason Tvert hasn't turned narc. He's seen wearing a Halloween costume. April 20 isn't only the anniversary of the killings at Columbine High School. It's also 4/20, a national celebration of cannabis culture -- something long supported by Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER (Safe ... More >>
What have Colorado’s legislators been smoking?
The drug fuels gay parties -- but the party was almost over before Rod finally found help.
Built for Speed
This drug program is a bust.
Greetings from the Mile High City.
Baby Girl has one last chance at a new life.
Brawny juicers keep pumping steroids, so why aren't more serving time.
Homegrown salesmen grab a piece of the heroin trade.
American hunger for black-tar heroin has made downtown Denver the land of opportunity for immigrant dealers.
Lament of a crack-shack phone booth.
From the week of September 11, 2003
Starting a meth lab takes little skill or cash. The cleanup is another story.
The R.A.V.E. Act could mean trouble for even legitimate promoters.
Dave Maddux lords over his domain: a Snake Pit and a crack alley.
Half of the 2700 block of Downing falls into one police district, the other half into another -- leaving residents caught in the crack.
GHB helps you dance 'til you drop. Dead, maybe.
Fighting neighborhood crime is just the tip of the iceberg for Capitol Hill's Unsinkables.
From the week of November 29, 2001
Hemp Burns Out
The pendulum is swinging back from stiff mandatory sentences for drug offenses.
Judge John Kane has seen too many casualties in the War on Drugs. Now he demands a government retreat.
The cops get sued for their attempt to take the grass out of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
From the week of March 1, 2001
Promoters hurry to get their acts together -- before parents, police and the courts decide the party's over.
A class-action suit becomes a vehicle for racial justice.
With Traffic, Steven Soderbergh takes on the unwinnable war.
A pot dealer goes down in flames.
Millionaire pot king Robert Golding's biggest deal was with the DEA agents who let him walk.
The mayor's efforts to crown a drug czar aren't exactly smokin'.
The Asylum Street Spankers
Officer Bini's Informant: An Interview From the Shadows
The high price of Denver's drug war: lies, bad busts, cops in harm's way -— and the death of an innocent man.
The feds just might drive this growing industry out of its head.
The drug trade in Denver and the surrounding area is getting worse -- much worse.
Officers O'Bannon and Duncan have racked up an amazing number of Capitol Hill drug busts. And citizen complaints.
This is the conclusion of Joanne Cordova's story. For part one, see www. westword.com.
They had guns. They were after drugs and cash. What they got was trouble.
A top DEA informant makes cases--and $200,000 a year--while breaking a few laws himself.
HOW ILLEGAL ALIENS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS COME OVER THE RIVER--AND THROUGH THE CRACKS.AMERICA OR BUST ILLEGAL ALIENS CAN COMMIT BURGLARIES, THEFTS AND ASSAULTS IN DENVER--AND HAVE LITTLE TO FEAR FROM THE INS.