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Reader: Heroin Crisis Caused by Mexican Cartels Losing Pot Money in Colorado

We recently posted about two illegal pot grow busts on federal land on Colorado's Western Slope.

Ten foreign nationals were arrested in the incidents — nine from Mexico, one from Honduras.

Last year, as we pointed out, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area director Tom Gorman warned that Mexican cartels might try to move in on the Colorado marijuana industry.

Were these incidents evidence that Gorman was right? Readers were split on this question, but plenty of interesting subject matter flowed from the subsequent debate — including this writer's theory about a tie between the growth of the domestic cannabis business and the rise of illegal heroin sales.

Here's what he had to say.

Dan Brown writes:
Move in!? Like they weren't here already?!

The reason we have a surge in heroin in the US is because Colorado and some other states are taking all the cannabis money from the cartels. They are trying to recoup their losses by investing in another drug.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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