Crime

Marijuana charges: Cultivation arrest of Johnny Jones latest of many Broomfield busts

Just because Broomfield is a short drive from Boulder doesn't mean the community is medical marijuana-friendly. Far from it.

Police officers in the community have busted one marijuana grow after another after another -- with Johnny Jones being the latest person to be arrested on suspicion of illegal cultivation.

The receptiveness of Broomfield officials to medical marijuana was made clear by a July interview with City Councilwoman Linda Reynolds. She had voted for a measure that gave the council the power to prohibit MMJ businesses in Broomfield, and while she avoided saying definitively that she favored such a ban, her list of cons associated with medical marijuana was much longer and more passionately expressed than was her roster of pros. For one thing, she maintained that dispensaries would contradict the small-town image that landed Broomfield among the top twenty places to live in the United States.

In the end, the council approved the MMJ business ban -- and given the number of cultivation arrests in Broomfield, any local should know by now that marijuana of any kind is frowned upon in the community. Moreover, that frowning can be accompanied by handcuffs, as Mr. Jones recently found out.

Look below to get more details on the arrest from the Broomfield Police Department:

On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, the Broomfield Police Department assisted the North Metro Task Force with the execution of a search warrant in the 3300 block of W. 134th Ave. for an illegal marijuana grow operation. Once the residence was secured, detectives found a 64 plant marijuana cultivation operation. No one was home at the time of the warrant service. The 33 year old resident, Johnny Jones, of Broomfield was later arrested, booked and released from the Broomfield Detention Center pending the filing of charges for cultivation of marijuana, possession of less than eight ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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