Colorado became the first state in the US to allow the sale of regulated, recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014. To buy recreational cannabis, you have to be over the age of 21 in Colorado. (Vince Chandler, The Denver Post)

Underage pot buyers with fake IDs help double this Colorado county’s arrest rates

Arrests have soared in Breckenridge, Dillon and Silverthorne, where all three police departments have already made more arrests this year than they did in all of 2015. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is on track to exceed last year’s arrest numbers. Case filings with the district attorney’s office are up roughly 7 percent from last year.

The population of Summit County has increased steadily for decades, and its status as a destination resort area has helped ensure a non-stop influx of visitors.

Breckenridge Police Chief attributed much of the increase to beefed-up ski pass fraud enforcement and greater numbers of kids trying to buy marijuana with fake IDs.

Arrest numbers:

  • Summit County Sheriff — 301 arrests as of June 30. Total for 2015, 347.
  • Breckenridge Police Department — 661 arrests so far this year. Total for 2015, 404.
  • Dillon police chief Mark Heminghous said his department is already close to doubling its arrest numbers from last year.
  • Silverthorne police chief John Minor said his department is notching arrests at twice last year’s rate.

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