Veronica Carpio, former owner of 420 Highways, a dispensary we reviewed last year was busted Tuesday for an alleged $30,000 marijuana deal intended to send Colorado herb out of state.
She also faces charges of using the U.S. Postal service to ship ganja to less green places.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Carpio was targeted by the Boulder County Drug Task Force after an informant told police she was sending pounds of marijuana out of state using the USPS as a courier.
Apparently that same informant met with Carpio twice to buy marijuana by the pound, telling her both times that the ganja was headed out of state to Missouri. For a third meeting, the informant was accompanied by an undercover cop and worked out a ten-pound/$30,000 deal set to go down a few days later at a residence on Baseline Road in Boulder. According to police reports, Carpio also bragged about having sent pot out of state in the past as well as talking about mailing large amounts of cash.
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Carpio seems to have been good on her end of the deal, as police say they found ten pounds of green in the house when they swooped in to arrest her on Tuesday at her home in Boulder. The 33-year-old allegedly said she had pot leftover from her from her dispensary, which was forced to close when Lafayette banned dispensaries entirely. She admitted to selling off surplus, but said it was always just a few ounces and never to anyone from or intending to sell out of state. She also contends that the ten pounds of buds police found during the bust were not hers.
A Boulder County Sheriff's department spokesman didn't have much else to add when we spoke with him today. He said the investigation is ongoing and more details on the case, including a report from the postal service, would be available next week.
Carpio's MMC, 420 Highway, was featured in our Mile Highs and Lows dispensary reviews. In it, former Westword writer Wildflower Seed called Carpio a "wild western woman" — an oddly appropriate title considering the latest development. Carpio said her family has lived in the area for decades and her relatives were coal miners in the area decades ago.
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