Dozens of people were arrested during a three-day sweep that U.S. law enforcement officials called the largest black-market marijuana bust in Colorado.
In all, 42 people face state and federal charges, after law enforcement officials seized more than 80,000 marijuana plants and 4,500 pounds of “finished marijuana products” from homes throughout the Denver metro area.
Those charged with crimes of 1,000 or more plants may face up to life prison.
“Colorado has become the epicenter of black-market marijuana in the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn, in a press release Friday. “It’s impacting communities, it’s impacting neighborhoods, and it’s impacting public safety. But this investigation may be just the tip of the iceberg. We will, therefore, continue to pursue black market growers and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”