Marijuana bust: Chicago-Colorado Springs link, and possible tie to extraction pro Matt Schnur

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Last week, DEA personnel announced four arrests related to a marijuana shipment from Colorado Springs to Chicago. All the busts were made in Illinois, but a grow was destroyed near the Springs, and extraction expert Matt Schnur has been named in a related press account. What's Schnur's story? Activist Timothy Tipton fills us in.

"Matt is a longtime medical marijuana activist, starting almost a decade ago -- a brilliant and innovative mind who was focused on utilizing extraction technology," he says.

Tipton recalls that Schnur petitioned the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to add diabetes, a condition from which he suffers, to the list of treatable conditions for MMJ, and has been involved in other advocacy activities as well.

Schnur has also had a few run-ins with the law, adds Tipton, who hasn't been in a business relationship with him for a number of years. But he was still surprised by the mention of Schnur's name in the latest case, which involves an investigation into claims that marijuana was being shipped from Colorado Springs to Chicago.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the DEA conducted surveillance in March of this year that led to the identification of several suspects. A vehicle was later identified and stopped; it contained eight pounds of marijuana. Later, what the agency refers to as "a controlled delivery" was arranged in Chicago. It resulted in several arrests, as well as the seizure of "money, guns and additional narcotics."

In June, Colorado Springs detectives identified a pair of homes they suspected were being used for marijuana cultivation and distribution -- one of them located at 2745 Oro Blanco Drive. More marijuana plants and processed marijuana were seized there. Then, earlier this month, another controlled delivery from Colorado Springs to Illinois was arranged, this time involving fifty pounds worth of pot. The arrests of Daniel Haggerty, Matthew M. Tunzi, Anthony M. Munizzi and Mary E. Miller soon followed. So, too, did the discovery of several grows on a 100-acre property in Elbert County, and the seizure of 140.5 pounds of refined marijuana.

What's the possible connection to Schnur? As reported by the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Oro Blanco address mentioned above was registered to Judith A. Schnur, who has a Chicago Ridge, Illinois mailing address. There's no confirmation of a connection between her and Matt, but Tipton says Schnur's father runs an automobile dealership in the Chicago area.

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Jake Keller
Jake Keller

Whoa 8 whole pounds of a substance that is absolutely physically harmless and can be used to make a variety of products and foods. Sounds a lot like cotton, corn, or coffee to me. Grow it, tax it, appreciate it. Give portions of funds back to schools and accurate drug information campaigns so people can make educated decisions about drug use for themselves. If you can't beat them, which the DEA obviously can't, join them. 

Patient
Patient

What I like about the Xanax in the "MediShake" is I can take a whole shitload without dying, because Xanax and Oxycontin are non-harmful. I heard dispensaries were selling synthetic marijuana now, which can kill you. 

Patient
Patient

My caregiver actually gives me this stuff he calls "MediShake" , its the best marijuana ever, grounded up with Xanax, and Oxycontin. Its way better than that crappy stuff that comes in bud form actually.

Patient
Patient

I think medicinal cannabis is a god send. What I like most about it, besides it being totally non toxic and natural (after all the body has an entire physiological system that is regulated by endocannabinoids), is that I am not take the harmful drugs when I use my cannabis.

This cannabis use has help me get a solid 6 hours of sleep, whereas before I would only get 2 hours tops before waking. Needless to say, I have tons of energy and my health has never been better.

I have TONS of respect for all of the medical cannabis out there. Keep up the good work people!!!

Calially
Calially

Free all non violent drug offenders now !!!! Free all Marijuana Growers imprisoned right now !!!! 

Patient
Patient

I wish they would just give Marijuana criminals the electric chair already. Everybody knows the Government sanctions and grows the best stuff, anyone else is just getting in the way.

Here is a video about me. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Allamony
Allamony

@ Patient. 

That would be funny if you were really a MMJ patient who was for some reason cheerleading the arrest and imprisonment of the very people who paved the way for your right to use your medicine.

That would really be something.

Do you think that before MMJ people were just jotting down notes in a sketchbook, for 30 years, waiting for the day they could finally grow the marijuana they had devised on paper?

Or do you think maybe, just maybe, Marijuana exists today because for 40-50 years it was grown illegally, by patriotic pioneers, who saw where a necessity trumped the reasonability of a the law. 

Idiot. 

Allamony
Allamony

It seems this is still fallout from the Patriot Act. How else are Chicago DEA allowed to use local law enforcement in Elbert County to carry out operations in our state? 

Jerome Garica
Jerome Garica

Dig deeper into this story. There is a connection here the reporter and everyone else has missed.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem. We need to collectively admit that we are sick. -- Prohibition is neither a sane nor a safe approach; left unabated, its puritanical flames will surely engulf every last one of us.

Most of us are aware by now that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high, 'no matter what.' So why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future. If you remotely believe that people will one day quit using any of these 'at present' illegal drugs, then you are exhibiting a degree of naivety parallel only with those poor wretches who voluntarily drank the poisoned Kool-Aid in Jonestown.

Even if you cannot stand the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and over a trillion dollars on this dangerous farce. Practically everybody is now aware that Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. So why do you wish to continue with it? Do you actually think you may have something to lose If we were to start basing drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies? 

Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard or a local politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem! 

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Drive the criminal gang called the DEA from our land!

Patient
Patient

Good one. Not. I'm always messin with myself for laughs. Not.

Patient
Patient

LOL. Yes, we must praise the patriotic drug dealers that have been ripping people off for years, selling to minors, giving inconsistant access to customers as a supply and demand tactics. You're right, without shitty weed dealers medical marijuana would not be where it is today. If the drug dealers, I mean caregivers, weren't so shady patients wouldn't need dispensaries. Thanks shitty marijuana dealers for paving the way for dispensaries and regulations.

Guest
Guest

Please elaborate. I'm curious now. Or at least send the west word an anonymous tip or something.

Patient
Patient

Quit defending criminals. Medical marijuana is for people that want to obey the law, not obscure it. Obey the law or risk going to jail. It's not that difficult.

Calially
Calially

Your argument is falling apart. Just remember that it wasn't doctors, or pharmaceutical labs that pioneered the use of all those things that make your Marijuana incredible, or medical. 

All that shit they sell at the Grow Store that makes that Marijuana so "not shitty", was put there by someone during prohibition. They didn't just figure this shit out when MMJ was passed into law.

Idiot. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Stop attacking our Constitution!

People who support the DEA and the Controlled Substances Act do not deserve to be called Americans.

You defy Federal laws by procuring and using cannabis, yet you have the gall to insinuate that the defendants in this case deserve to go to jail -- if hypocrisy were a capital offense, you would be on death row!

Patient
Patient

stop impersonating me. 

Patient
Patient

love you too. we still on for dinner tomorrow?

Calially
Calially

Locking up American growers no matter what the status of their paperwork, is exactly what the Cartel wants and in fact thrives upon. Love you ! Bye ! You probably are Cartel lol, ATF . 

Patient
Patient

By your reasoning I should also be thanking the cartels in mexico too, idiot. Please accompany robert to the psychiatrist office. Guessing you're one of his split personalities or groupies. Either way the same advice applies.

Patient
Patient

Please see my previous response and repeat as often as you feel the need to respond. Enjoy your mission of "occupying" the westword comment section. LOL

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

That's right, I made reference to the crimes of the DEA and made no reference to the defendants or their alleged crimes, but even though you quoted me you write "You are speaking in defense of those in clear violation of state and federal laws" -- it is your reasoning that is seriously compromised!  Are you a real patient, or Josh Stanley's fantasy?

Patient
Patient

You respond to an article in reference to the DEA crackdown on criminal activity with ties to medical marijuana in colorado and say "Drive the criminal gang called the DEA from our land!" then claim you are not defending criminal activity. You are speaking in defense of those in clear violation of state and federal laws. It is obvious there is no reasoning with your delusional mind. Please see a psychiatrist.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

In this brief exchange, you have now twice insinuated that I am defending criminal activity -- cite something or shut up!

In the context of Federal law, Colorado's licensure of the cultivation and sale of cannabis could itself be construed as a criminal act; there has been absolutely no Federal sanction of Colorado's course of action, we have already seen one Federal raid shut an MMC, and we may be on the verge of many more raids in Colorado, which may or may not all be conducted in cooperation with the MMED -- when the Feds raid, they may or may not choose to cite a lack of compliance with State law, but they will certainly cite the violation of Federal laws.

In the the context of the law of our State, our Constitution trumps the blatantly unconstitutional laws passed by the General Assembly.

Your belief that striking up a chorus of condemnation against people who use or transact cannabis will somehow redound to the perceived legitimacy of the General Assembly's cannabis distribution scheme is utterly without foundation -- virtually no one outside of that body and without a vested interest believes in that extra-constitutional model.  MPP and other organizations continue to tout Colorado's Orwellian monstrosity of regulation as a model for the nation, but that does not make it so.  Patients interests are best served by legalizing the use of cannabis by adults, and most patients understand this.

Robert ChaseColorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers(720) 213-6497

Patient
Patient

The DEA is going after people defying both state and federal laws. Where in the constitution does it permit shipping medical marijuana out of state? What you desire to be legal and what actually is legal are two different things. Defending criminal activity, activity that is clearly against state and federal laws, in the medical marijuana program is asinine.

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