Veronica Carpio, former owner of 420 Highways dispensary, arrested on marijuana charges

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Veronica Carpio, former owner of 420 Highways, a dispensary we reviewed last year was busted Tuesday for an alleged $30,000 marijuana deal intended to send Colorado herb out of state.

She also faces charges of using the U.S. Postal service to ship ganja to less green places.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Carpio was targeted by the Boulder County Drug Task Force after an informant told police she was sending pounds of marijuana out of state using the USPS as a courier.

Apparently that same informant met with Carpio twice to buy marijuana by the pound, telling her both times that the ganja was headed out of state to Missouri. For a third meeting, the informant was accompanied by an undercover cop and worked out a ten-pound/$30,000 deal set to go down a few days later at a residence on Baseline Road in Boulder. According to police reports, Carpio also bragged about having sent pot out of state in the past as well as talking about mailing large amounts of cash.

Carpio seems to have been good on her end of the deal, as police say they found ten pounds of green in the house when they swooped in to arrest her on Tuesday at her home in Boulder. The 33-year-old allegedly said she had pot leftover from her from her dispensary, which was forced to close when Lafayette banned dispensaries entirely. She admitted to selling off surplus, but said it was always just a few ounces and never to anyone from or intending to sell out of state. She also contends that the ten pounds of buds police found during the bust were not hers.

A Boulder County Sheriff's department spokesman didn't have much else to add when we spoke with him today. He said the investigation is ongoing and more details on the case, including a report from the postal service, would be available next week.

Carpio's MMC, 420 Highway, was featured in our Mile Highs and Lows dispensary reviews. In it, former Westword writer Wildflower Seed called Carpio a "wild western woman" -- an oddly appropriate title considering the latest development. Carpio said her family has lived in the area for decades and her relatives were coal miners in the area decades ago.

Here's a larger look at Carpio's mug shot.

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Veronica Carpio.
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Voter
Voter

Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are libertarians running as republicans. You can be a republican and still vote for a democrat in the general election but you cannot be a democrat and vote for johnson or paul in the primaries. Be a liberal republican and always vote for the most liberal candidate. Not all republicans are conservative.

Exploitationist
Exploitationist

Not a smart move there hun.  That kind of behavior makes the whole thing look bad.  Im wondering how many "what if's" have gone through your head.

Ispeaktruth
Ispeaktruth

I knew Veronica and she is not a nice person quite the contrary, she is a user. I am sure when she needs something from you she will pretend to be oh so nice.She screams vulgarities and verbally assaults many. she creates the nicest scenario and it is shocking to hear the lies ro;; out of her mouth just like she is reporting the weather. She records conversations, she threatens people and she is a rat. MMj consult take your own advice and know someone really good before you say they are nice. Every murderer will have a fan that claims they were the nicest person ever.She bosses people around as though she were Mother Goose in a bad mood. She makes promises that are absurd and some believed them. She wants everyone to think she is the matriarch of marijuana but in reality she is not even on the cannabis side. She is on her own agenda, self centered, evil and frankly quite obnoxious.I hope her son is okay poor kid. She claims God and The Church made her do it. Don't drink the Koolaid! Stay away from her oils and edibles. Her kitchen is not fit for anything-yuck.I am sure she is concocting a way to make herself look good and innocent. She has a BIG mouth and she lets you know how wonderful she is. Those that believe her will eventually get theirs by her deceit and backstabbing.Some of the older posts about her dispensaries tell the story. She would write 5 posts claiming how wonderful she was, then real people wrote things like her place was shady and more. One post threatened bloggers their identity would be discovered on the internet and taken care of- yeah nice person.

Mmjconsult
Mmjconsult

I knew Veronica and helped her keep her shelves full late 09early2010, she was a good person but always seemed to be playing very fast and loose and as you can see from the article she loved to talk, which will most likely cause her as much problems as the 10lbs. I had warned her after 1284 went into effect that it was not only time to get out perhaps with all the resistance she was having trying to open another dispensary in the foothills from that town. I warned her and I say to all if it seems too good to be true it is. Follow that feeling in your gut when you feel it and don't do this kind of business with anyone you have not known for several years. The State led hand and foot by the lobbyist have driven this whole thing back underground where the wanted to keep it, with their token massive legal grows which the State will soon sell out to the Feds. Good Luck everyone and keep your heads down.

Mmjconsult
Mmjconsult

It seems the State has made another criminal where just a year ago there was none. Just a business owner buying and selling their product and paying their Colorado sales tax and Federal taxes for the privilege of doing so. But the State of Colorado Sen. Chris Romer in particular had a knee jerk reaction to the change in opinion about cannabis in Colorado. And by over regulation and reefer madness tactics they have ruined many lives, of people that had invested all their savings and the State let dream the dream by collecting millions for licenses in order to stay in business, but the fees are so extreme that it has forced 90% of the original business that were mostly small mom & pop shops out of business. And now these folks are labaled as criminals and society pays for their detention. It is time to stop the drug war of cannabis that Nixon started in 1970, it has not worked unless mass murders at our borders was the plan all along.

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

Here come the fascist stoners, who will no doubt cheer the police on as they ruin somebodies life over some pot plants.

Is it because you are against New Money? And are content with the people who maintain power and influence over this nation? Or are you just an asshole? 

HB 1284 really fucked your heads up. COINTELPRO ass motherfuckers. 

Copateint
Copateint

this is all bullshit....anyone who knows Veronica and 420HighWays knows she was always a legit business owner and caregiver. I also read a article in the AP that she opened a patient collective after she close her Lafayette store.  No one would work that hard, spend all that money and time and turn around and ship or sell out of state.  This would not be the first entrapment case....looks like there is more to this then we know. Has anyone spoken with her...is she ok?

Hatemail
Hatemail

Wow what a moron, I don't even think most small-time potheads would be this dumb.

jenkem
jenkem

I think Balloon Boy would have better luck transporting 10 lbs of weed to Missouri

Straight
Straight

FYI: Lafayette DID NOT ban dispensaries.... Don't believe me? Call the one in business in that town Ka-tet Wellness Services 303-665-5599

COLORADO SINCE 1976
COLORADO SINCE 1976

THIS is what happens when cities ban dispensaries....they lose the tax revenue., they lose the good paying jobs, and then have to contend with marijuana being sold out of state on the blackmarket. KEEP JOBS AND TAX REVENUE IN OUR COMMUNITIES - TAX & REGULATE IT ALREADY!

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

There is soooo much weed in Colorado right now.  Everyone wants to make the deal and find those out-of-staters with cash.  What ever you growers do, don't mail it.  Mailing is a dead end road with ganja.  It might work once, twice, but sooner or later they're gonna get ya.  The authorities are completely on to it when mailing from Colorado right now.... Word on the street confirms many, many cases of mailers in hot water.  The reward from the USPS for turning in a mailer is $50,000.00 cash and the Post Office pays informants upon conviction.  It happens a lot, don't let it happen to you!  Look at this from the Chicago Sun Times today:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t...

Voter
Voter

The above is in response to robert's comment.

anondenver
anondenver

Wow you sound like some jealous ex boyfriend who has nothing better then troll the internet forums.

The fact is it doesn't matter if she is the biggest bitch to walk the face of the planet, it doesn't matter if she has a big mouth, and it doesn't matter if she is obnoxious. There is no crime against being a bitch.

This entire story is blown way out of proportion, and its people like you who get all excited because stories like this give you something to sit around at the local coffee shop and talk about.

Veronica to her determent actually thinks people are good, has a very big heart and has always tried to help those around her. The funny part of this story is they make it sound like she is running some shipping operation sending pounds of marijuana out of the state LOL (I about fell out of my chair when I read that comment) I'm sure it was obvious to police when the houses where raided that Veronica is a simple woman struggling to make a living like every other American. There is no money or marijuana being shipped over state lines by this woman she doesn't even have the resources to get into that type of big money crime.

Veronica has no criminal history and has never been the type of person who tries to make a quick buck. For years before getting into the MMJ industry she was a web designer and internet marketer she has two degrees and has spent thousands of hours volunteering her time at the Sister Carmen Center in Lafayette because she generally wants to help people, not because she was forced by some probation department. These are facts, if she was indeed sending packages out of state using the united states postal service and there was proof (before or after the raids) she would be facing more than a few possession and intent to distribute charges.  

Getreal
Getreal

Explain how you know her SO well to make these kind of comments on the web? You really do seem so sure of your self so please tell....most likely all you are is another jealous person, or someone she would not work with. Dont hate, your comments have no backbone, you just sound hurt. 

Copatient
Copatient

This comment sounds like it is from someone from the city of Idaho Springs.....running that poor girl out of town about you all let you patients and dispensary rob her. Shame on that town.  She is hard working and honest.  Ive seen her in action and it has always been above board.

Straight
Straight

"HB 1284 really fucked your heads up. COINTELPRO ass motherfuckers."

Sadly its true. And now we, the patients, are getting screwed because of the crazies in the bunch. While they,(cough - Robert Chase - and the likes - cough) truly believe they are helping, they are hurting because lobbying groups are saying "Deal with us. Or deal with the crazies." So the powers that be deal with f'tards like MMIG. And everyone knows these groups are NOT looking out for the patients, only their business interests.

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

FREE ALL MARIJUANA PRISONERS INCLUDING CHARLIE B., NO MATTER THE VICTIMS STUPIDITY WE MUST STAND BEHIND EVERYBODY BEING PERSECUTED FOR A HARMLESS PLANT!!!

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

this is true. Ka-Tet are good people. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

They ARE Taxing it ... to death ... and Regulating it ... out of existence.

HTH.

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

Well in that article, 42 pounds were shipped in Tupperware containers. It doesn't say if it were overnighted, but this Bailey guy sounds like quite the neophyte so I wouldn't doubt if it wasn't.

It seems the risk you are alluding to is not so much mailing to people you know, but seeking out new people to mail to, as any out of state buyer you make contact with at this point is likely an informant. 

Where does USPS get 50,000 cash to fuck up the economy? Idiots

MMJ-Patient
MMJ-Patient

Also:  "...the ten pounds of buds police found during the bust were not hers."

should be

"...the ten pounds of buds police found during the bust were not her's." 

"her's" is possessive meaning that the pot was to have belonged to her.

Where do they find these reporters?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Just deal with specifics instead of ad hominem attacks from utter morons.  No one calls me "crazy" on the facts, or in open debate, because such characterizations are untenable.

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

DoIt
DoIt

Update your voter reg online to republican while you still can and vote for gary johnson. he's used marijuana recreationally and medically and has promised to release non-violent marijuana offenders.

http://www.latimes.com/news/po...

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

USPS gets the money from the fines that get issues to the convicted people in the cases and uses the money to pay the informants, my best guess.

MMJ-Patient
MMJ-Patient

Oh, sorry, William.  I should have looked to see who the reporter was.  I know you are better then this...guess it has been a long week for you. :)

Home Again
Home Again

Your crazy on the facts. You always have some esoteric rationale behind your 'thinking', that rarely has any substantive support (court rulings) behind it.

Power looks at court rulings first and legislative actions second.

Yuck!
Yuck!

Robert,

It's not your beliefs it's how they are presented. If you really want to be involved and change the system you have to engage. Screaming from the sideline, while a solid tactic, is very easy for others to spin and marginalize. If you guys could put together a solid, rational and "professional" group (don't get mad, I'm not saying you are not serious, its about perception) you would get serious traction from the powers that be and a good segment of the community. But it would take some compromises, but the community need to get behind a non corporate only group. It needs to be a collation.

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

I would do just about anything to get my people out of prison. That includes voting for a questionable presidential candidate, free my people and im happy. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You must be a dolt to urge us to vote for a member of the Feudalist Party!  I have left the Collaborationist Party, but I would never vote for a Party dedicated to the destruction of the U.S.A.

William Breathes
William Breathes

yeah, it's been a long week (stomach has been shitty in the mornings). That doesn't really excuse stupid mistakes like those above - especially when I know better.

::smh::

Picasso
Picasso

I'd guess that you meant "than, not then...hehe

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