AURORA CO - MAY 22: An agent, with the Drug Enforcement Administration, uses his feet to smash down marijuana plants, in a trailer outside a home in The Conservatory at the Plains subdivision, during a raid on May 22, 2019 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

Federal and Colorado authorities raid marijuana grow houses in huge black market roundup

Federal and state law enforcement officers have fanned out across the Denver metro area in a massive black market marijuana grow sting, authorities have said.

Wednesday’s raids come on the heels of three similar drug busts around metro Denver over the past 10 months, where local and federal agents seized thousands of plants, dozens of heat lamps and bags of cash from suspected black-market grow houses in tony subdivisions across Aurora, Commerce City, Lakewood and Thornton.

George Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District Attorney, told reporters after the Oct. 10 raid in Aurora’s Tollgate Crossing subdivision that the pot busts that day centered on a single criminal operation.

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