Dan TangPlot twists continue in Operation Fortune Cookie, Colorado's largest weed bust that imploded among suspicions of snitches, paid-off politicians and a secret DEA investigation. Two weeks ago, two Fortune Cookie investigators currently suing their superiors filed a motion claiming that ... More >>
Dan Tang.As we reported this week, a new court filing suggests Thornton cop Dante Carbone was the prime suspect in the internal leak that sabotaged Operation Fortune Cookie, the state's largest pot bust. That drug investigation ended meekly when federal prosecutors gave restaurateur Dan Tang ... More >>
Dan Tang.As we reported on Tuesday, a new court filing suggests the prime suspect for the implosion of Operation Fortune Cookie, the person many people suspected of tipping off restaurateur and apparent drug kingpin Dan Tang and sabotaging the state's largest pot bust, was Thornton Sergeant D ... More >>
Operation Fortune Cookie, a 2008 raid that netted 24,000 marijuana plants, was the largest weed bust in Colorado history -- but it imploded among suspicions of police snitches, paid-off politicians and a secret DEA investigation. Now a court filing quoting from that investigation alleges the ... More >>
John Suthers.Update below: A National Institute on Drug Abuse study showing pot use up among all grades surveyed, with eighth grade taking the largest leap, prompted strong words from Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, an opponent of MMJ dispensaries who blames their prevalence for much ... More >>
It's been a momentous year for marijuana in Colorado: landmark legislation, turf wars, huge profits, shocking arrests, enormous celebrations and more. Below, we've compiled links to and excerpts from 25 of the biggest weed stories to take place in the state during 2010. Page through and brea ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz.The February arrest of Highlands Ranch marijuana grower Chris Bartkowicz, as well as his subsequent indictment, has been a rallying point for local medical-marijuana activists -- and it will continue to be so for months to come. The judge at a two-day hearing has allowed the ... More >>
Danyel Joffe.Sunday is the deadline for medical marijuana businesses to submit their business application to the state -- and while Senator Chris Romer likes what the new MMJ laws signed by Governor Bill Ritter have done thus far, attorney Danyel Joffe -- who spoke to us about a previous July ... More >>
Jeffrey Sweetin.Jeffrey Sweetin, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Denver field office, has been a controversial figure in these parts, with medical marijuana attorney Rob Corry suggesting he'd gone rogue and Congressman Jared Polis citing him in a letter about ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz is taking a big risk.In February, HIghlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz showed off his home medical marijuana grow to Channel 9, after which he was promptly busted by the DEA -- an arrest that earned criticism from MMJ advocate Rob Corry and even Representative Jared Polis. Des ... More >>
Photo by Jesse La PlanteAn agent takes a photo of Jesse La Plante taking a photo of him.Yesterday, Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided a marijuana grow located in a warehouse at 1441 West 46th Avenue. The site's unusual for a cultivation operation for a couple of reasons. It's adja ... More >>
Jeffrey Sweetin doesn't think much of Rob Corry's objections to the doctor-patients bill.For members of the medical marijuana industry, Jeffrey Sweetin, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Denver field office, is a lightning rod thanks to comments he made after th ... More >>
The drama continues around Operation Fortune Cookie, the largest weed bust in state history, which imploded amid accusations of snitching cops, paid-off politicians and bureaucratic retribution. Last week, the drug investigation's main suspect, politically connected restaurateur Dan Tang, re ... More >>
Operation Fortune Cookie operatives raided dozens of grow houses like this -- but never found the source of the internal leak.Ever since Northglenn Detective Daniel Joyce and Thornton Detective Robert Lopez filed a lawsuit last week alleging corruption within Operation Fortune Cookie, the new ... More >>
Adams County Sheriff Doug DarrThis past Monday, when Westword started making calls about a lawsuit that had just been filed by two former North Metro Task Force members alleging they faced retaliation for speaking out about corruption that occurred in Operation Fortune Cookie, a massive indoo ... More >>
Big-time restaurateur Dan Tang is believed to be a the center of Colorado's largest -- and strangest -- indoor weed bustWith the sentencing of prominent restaurant owner Dan Tang this coming Wednesday, March 31, it seemed like the long, strange tale of Operation Fortune Cookie would finally b ... More >>
Jessica Corry wants to meet you for lunch, Agent Sweetin.Yesterday, we published an extended interview with DEA special agent Jeffrey Sweetin, a lightning rod for controversy about medical marijuana. Predictably, some of his assertions about the DEA's actions troubled Jessica Corry, an attorn ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the DEAJeffrey Sweetin thinks the media has been ignoring too many facts.Jeffrey Sweetin, special agent in charge of the Denver field division of the DEA, lately hasn't been too fond of the mainstream media. Much of it has to do with how reporters covered the case of Chris B ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz, as seen in the 9News story that brought him to the DEA's attention.Many of the attorneys who specialize in medical marijuana issues in Colorado speak, including Rob Corry, Lauren Davis and Brian Vicente, speak openly about cases while they're in progress. Joseph Saint-Veltr ... More >>
The DEA hasn't incinerated all of Chris Bartkowicz's weed yet.The arrest of Highlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz after he showed off his medical marijuana grow to a reporter at 9News has prompted complaints from the likes of Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente, who helped organize a protest prior ... More >>
Brian Vicente doesn't buy the U.S. Attorney's argument.Today, President Barack Obama is coming to Denver to raise funds for Senator Michael Bennet -- a display of favoritism in the primary that frustrates longtime Obama fan Polly Baca. But his appearance is welcomed by Sensible Colorado's Br ... More >>
What happened to Chris Bartkowicz's seized weed?Lately, local DEA agents have been getting their hands on significant amounts of weed, whether it's testing samples taken from inspections of marijuana-analysis labs or hundreds of live plants seized from a Highlands Ranch grow house last Friday ... More >>
Lately, dispensary owners and marijuana growers have been watching their back. Over the past few weeks, Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided two marijuana testing facilities, one in Denver and one in Colorado Springs, as well busting a Highland Ranch marijuana grow on Friday that it ... More >>
Even mild-mannered Matt Brown thinks the DEA may be taking things a bit too far.The Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a home marijuana grow in Highlands Ranch, coming hot on the heels of similar actions at medical marijuana labs in Denver and Colorado Springs, spurred outcry from the li ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz as seen in a 9News package he likely regrets.Chris Bartkowicz, whose Highlands Ranch marijuana grow was raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration last Friday after he was interviewed by 9News, has instantly become a major figure in the debate over medical marijuana in Col ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz, as seen on 9News, was punished for publicity.Last week's DEA raid of Genovations, a Colorado Springs medical marijuana laboratory, was the second time in recent weeks that the agency had swooped in on a lab that had applied for a license in an attempt to prove its forthright ... More >>
Rob Corry doesn't want the DEA to go rogue anymore.You didn't think attorney Rob Corry would remain silent after the Drug Enforcement Administration raid on the home of Chris Bartkowicz, did you? After all, Corry's among the most vocal of all Colorado's medical marijuana advocates, and if he ... More >>
The tweet that roared (click to enlarge).The Denver Post prides itself on being a family newspaper -- but its embrace of social media can make it difficult to keep grown-up language at bay. Case in point: On Friday, AM 760 host David Sirota, whose syndicated column frequently appears in the ... More >>
Michael Lee's lab, Genovations, was raided yesterday by the DEA.We recently wrote about how a DEA raid at Full Spectrum Laboratories, a Denver medical marijuana testing facility, was triggered by the lab applying for an analytical lab licensure through the DEA. Now DEA agents have hit another ... More >>
Full Spectrum employees apparently laid out the welcome mat for DEA agents.Tension between medical-marijuana businesses and the feds ratcheted up two weeks ago when Drug Enforcement Administration agents rolled through Full Spectrum Laboratories, a Denver marijuana testing facility, seizing a ... More >>
Full Spectrum Laboratories received some uninvited visitors yesterday.Yesterday, Betty Aldworth, director of outreach for Full Spectrum Laboratories, a marijuana testing facility, was at the State Capitol to watch lab co-owner Bob Winniki testify about Senator Chris Romer's just-introduced bi ... More >>
Miguel Angel Caro-Quintero once sold weed by the ton. Yes, the ton.Miguel Angel Caro-Quintero, 46, who entered a guilty plea Friday in regard to charges against him in Colorado and Arizona, isn't just any drug peddler. As one of the reputed leaders of Mexico's Sonora cartel, he became the stu ... More >>
View Larger MapWith Colorado Attorney General John Suthers equating the proliferation of medical-marijuana facilities with crime, and other law-enforcers publicly suggesting that dispensaries are selling pot obtained from Mexican drug cartels, the pro-weed crowd has feared a crackdown on growing ope ... More >>
In the name of J.D., not necessarily J.C.Our daily homage to local bloggage. Focus on the Family is spreading its hate in Maine. 5280's on the case. Rep. Jared Polis is speaking out against the what he calls a "sweep of terror" being done on illegal immigrants, Colorado Independent reports. ... More >>
The grow houses had a lot of pot -- but was it going to dispensaries?In February 2008, as detailed in the recent Westword stories "Up in Smoke" and "Tales of the Dragon," DEA agents and north metro narcotics detectives uncovered an indoor marijuana ring the likes of which Colorado had never s ... More >>
The bust was almost blown after an internal leak, and Dan Tang -- his Heaven Dragon Chinese food beloved local politicians -- was implicated.
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The R.A.V.E. Act could mean trouble for even legitimate promoters.
From the week of December 6, 2001
Hemp Burns Out
The government says he killed more people than Tim McVeigh. He lives in a cell a hundred miles from Denver. So how come you've never heard of La Quica?
Promoters hurry to get their acts together -- before parents, police and the courts decide the party's over.
Millionaire pot king Robert Golding's biggest deal was with the DEA agents who let him walk.
The feds just might drive this growing industry out of its head.
A top DEA informant makes cases--and $200,000 a year--while breaking a few laws himself.