Following two operations known as Xterra Range and Operation Pig Pen, Colorado law enforcement officers arrested 33 individuals. The investigation into this matter supposedly took as much as two years, and it appears that law enforcement officers were assisted by FBI agents and other federal officials.
Even individuals charged and convicted with seemingly serious drug possession charges are not always required to serve lengthy sentences. A Colorado man was sentenced to 71 days in jail and four years of probation for allegedly having in his possession cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, hashish and other drugs at his apartment place.
Two University of Colorado students are facing felony drug charges over a purported transaction that involved the sale of a prescription pill for $5. One student allegedly offered the prescription pill to another student, the other student supposedly purchased the pill, and a campus employee claims to have seen the transaction occur.
The United States Supreme Court just ruled that police cannot bring drug-sniffing dogs onto one's property without first obtaining a search warrant. Though many have argued that this would not technically be considered a search, there is likely little other reason that law enforcement officers would have the dogs on the property if the dogs were not being used to find illegal contraband.
A Denver grand jury returned an indictment against three individuals in a case where the laundering of drug money has been alleged. It is claimed that the three individuals arrested deposited just under $10,000 during transactions to purportedly evade reporting laws.
A Colorado woman pled guilty to distributing what is referred to as a Schedule II controlled substance. The drugs she was accused of selling would have included methamphetamine and Ecstasy. However, the majority of charges against the woman were dismissed.
So far, following guilty plea and convictions regarding an alleged drug ring in Colorado, there have been 33 indictments, 23 guilty pleas, one conviction at trial, another 7 cases pending and at least one deportation to Mexico. There has also been one case dismissed.
The recent bust of an alleged drug ring in Colorado has led to certain suspects being charged for more than 300 combined drug, weapons and conspiracy charges. Supposedly, the 17 month investigation involving more than 210 law enforcement officers led to the seizure of a significant amount of cocaine.
When making arrests, law enforcement officers sometimes make mistakes. One Colorado man was acquitted of multiple marijuana possession felonies by a jury as the plants were being grown for the purposes of medicinal marijuana in compliance with Colorado's medical marijuana laws. However, arresting officers apparently had already destroyed the 42 separate plants worth somewhere around $5,000 a piece.
The sweep involved approximately 40 different law enforcement officers and agents, and apparently was part of a nine month investigation into this matter.