Investigation targets Chinese black market marijuana trafficking

Noah Pasley

The Northern Colorado Drug Task Force finished a three-month long investigation Nov. 20 with the purpose of dismantling a Chinese black market marijuana trafficking organization, according to a Dec. 3 press release from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. 

According to the release, the task force investigated the organization with six residential search warrants for residences and locations in Loveland and Fort Collins.

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Approximately 1,000 pounds of gross weight marijuana, 2,000 live plants and 156 pounds of processed high-grade marijuana that was ready to be shipped were found as a result of the searches.

The Loveland locations investigated included 3507 Donath Ave., 1612 N. Cleveland Ave., 340 Orvis Court, 3841 Crestone Drive and 580 Hourglass Court. The sole Fort Collins location investigated was 421 Stairway St., according to the release.

Sizeable amounts of black mold were found in the five Loveland homes, and the Loveland Code Compliance deemed these locations uninhabitable. Illegal electrical wiring and construction modification were also present. 

The investigation is ongoing, and criminal charges will be filed upon completion. 

Aside from the task force, the parties involved in the investigation included Fort Collins, Loveland and Larimer County Regional Police SWATs; Loveland Fire Rescue Authority; Loveland Police Street Crimes Unit; LCSO’s Strategic Enforcement Unit; Colorado National Guard Counter Drug Unit; Thompson Valley EMS; Fort Collins Police Criminal Interdiction Unit; and DEA Fort Collins, Cheyenne and Strikeforce Denver. 

Noah Pasley can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @PasleyNoah.