Dmitry Genzer, Joseph Alejo busted in Cannabis & Co. sting, 175 pounds of pot seized

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Update: Just heard from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer about the arrests last week of Cannabis & Co. owner Dmitry Genzer and associate Joseph Alejo, and the seizure of around 175 pounds of weed. In the process, we discovered some misinformation. Techmeyer says the busts came not as the result of a raid, as has been widely understood, but a sting.

According to Techmeyer, the West Metro Drug Task Force "got a tip that Genzer was illegally selling large quantities of high-grade marijuana. So they did an undercover operation to set up a buy with Genzer, where the buyer was looking for a source capable of seling multi-hundred-pound quantities of marijuana that would be transported out of state."

At the first meeting, a three-pound sample of marijuana was allegedly provided by Alejo, who wasn't directly connected to Cannabis & Co. to Techmeyer's knowledge. Then, a second rendezvous was arranged. Techmeyer notes that it didn't take place at the dispensary, but a location a few blocks away. At that time, the suspects are said to have arrived with 150 pounds of pot, which was promptly seized -- and Genzer and Alejo were placed under arrest.

Another twenty-plus pounds of marijuana was located at a storage facility in Lakewood. Techmeyer doesn't know if officers were able to track it down as part of the investigation, or if Genzer or Alejo let them know about its whereabouts.

As for the link to the dispensary, Techmeyer says the buys took place outside its day-to-day business operation, but there's suspicion that the business may have been somehow involved in the criminal enterprise. This inquiry will presumably be at the heart of the ongoing investigation by the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Look below to read our earlier coverage.

Original post, 7:57 a.m. December 12: Last Wednesday, Westword began receiving reports about a raid on Cannabis & Co., at 44th and Tejon in Highland. But while we were able to confirm that such an action took place, the Denver Police Department and the West Metro Drug Task Force didn't provide us with any information. Then, on Friday afternoon, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office finally offered the basics on the busts of Dmitry Genzer and Joseph Alejo.

According to the JCSO, the West Metro Drug Task Force arrested Cannabis & Company owner Genzer and co-defendant Alejo on Wednesday. Approximately 150 pounds of what's described as "high-grade marijuana" was seized at the dispensary, with another twenty-plus pounds or so found in a Lakewood storage locker, bringing the total to about 175 pounds. Estimated street value: $1 million.

Our calls last week to the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division also netted us no info -- but the sheriff's office notes that a MMED investigation of Cannabis & Co. is ongoing, with further actions against the dispensary pending. In the meantime, Genzer and Alejo were booked on suspicion of distribution, and conspiracy to distribute, marijuana in excess of 100 pounds. They bonded out on Thursday, but are expected to be back in court at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

We've got calls in to the JCSO this morning, and will update this post once we receive a response. In the meantime, here are larger looks at the mug shots of Genzer and Alejo.

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Joseph Alejo.

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Dmitry Genzer.
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Lady
Lady

for what it is worth, Dmitry called my office leaving a message of denial and posted denials about being raided on my FB page... in the message he left on our phone (which we've saved...) he tries to falsely imply that the MIPs across the street may have been raided, but he's just fine and open for business... just a routine Health Inspection...Y'all might wanna make note that this raid/sting was conducted WITHOUT MMED oversight... there were no MMED officers present when the Denver po-po and DEA came to shut the MMC down, Cops told employees their boss was already in jail, questioned and released the employees, and the keys to the the MMC were left with DPD by the employees... the fact that he is open for business, or claims to be, is pretty concerning... IS he turning states evidence on somebody or planning to??? I can say my gut is boiling on that topic, so a likely answer is yes...  beware...

Guest
Guest

Of course he is turning states evidence!!! Dmitry is 130 pounds of want to be gangster. He would last about 30 mins in prison. He will sing like hes in a boy band a the drop of a dime. He doesent want any one to know he spoke to the police yet because you know he dropped dime on everyone that hes ever been close to, to try and make his problems go away. If I was someone that has ever shared info with this guy I would be very nervous.

Carol
Carol

oh damn

Guest
Guest

I would bet money you're a narc.

Guest
Guest

Sprinkling hash dust on a lb of product isn't considered MIPS.

Blntno
Blntno

It was probably a mips thing and 100% legal....

Bud Green
Bud Green

This would be the well-regulated Colorado dispensary industry, unlike those ne'er-do-wells in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere who are being targeted by federal raids. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy about Colorado, video surveillance and all.

How about you, Eric Holder? Is the Rocky Mountain way consistent with your inconsistent federal enforcement strategy in medical cannabis states?

IcePick
IcePick

"Bud Green" is another angry out of work former drug dealer, er "caregiver".  amirite?

Carol
Carol

First they came for the communists,and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.Then they came for the trade unionists,and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews,and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak out for me

Glass House Stone Throwers Colorado Division

Yuck!
Yuck!

These guys where sending out text messages with offers for per pound whole sale pricing. Text messages. They are not upstanding members of the MMJ community. They were asking to be taken down. Greed or deperation did them in.

IcePick
IcePick

Yep, typical of the 'originators' in this industry though most have now left for other states where their fingerprints are not sent to the FBI.

Gobnugget9
Gobnugget9 like.author.displayName 1 Like

You play in the dirt, you get dirty.  It's pretty simple here in CO, you follow the rules as an MMC everything (so far) has been all good.  You play both sides of the fence, having a licensed MMC while your dropping weight out of state and your getting busted.  I'm not sure what everyone isn't getting. 

interested
interested

finally...someone wrote something sensible!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

What we aren't getting is your chuminess with Nazis.

Gobnugget9
Gobnugget9

 You have no clue, I fight harder everyday to legitimize marijuana for you and everyone else in this state, patient/caregiver/mmc, then you ever will.   It's really easy to pass judgment and make snide remarks from your keyboard. It's people like you and these schmucks who are going to ruin the progress  we are making in providing safe, accessible & affordable medicine here in Colorado.

Golden
Golden

The industry has been thriving long before you came to screw it up for all the regular people with your money and lobbying.  Your might be next on the tip off list, right down the federal rails.  Good luck.

Carol
Carol

maybe the whole part about living in glass houses and throwing stones.

"Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me."

Carol
Carol

The MMED is teaming up with West Metro Drug Task Force, an entity which takes bribe money from meth dealers, coke dealers, and Mexican and Chinese immigrant Marijuana dealers.

We have a legitimate MMJ program here in CO, but the MMED is instead working with a rogue agency who is aligned with many illegitimate enterprises, and for what? 

I would really love to hear them justify their cooperation with West Metro, especially considering the entire Dan Tang fiasco took place while our MMJ program was flourishing. 

later bitches
later bitches

8 years of the shit show called medical marijuana in colorado is enough for me. we've all become clowns in this circus and i am handing in my resignation. time to get the fuck outta dodge and take my show elsewhere. there are far better places to try and get this done. colorado mmj can suck my balls. what a fucking joke it's all become. later bitches.

joe mama
joe mama

promised land or bust. colorado certainly isn't it i can tell you that.

Guest
Guest

Some of us do just fine so I guess if you have to leave then peace. One less person doing it the wrong way that makes all of us look like idiots. Just like these guys in this artical. Dmitry knows the rules better than most. He helped write some of them actually. The fact that hes making out of state deals for over 100 lbs at a time is just asking to get busted. This was a clear violation of Colorado Law and any one that says it wasn't hasn't read the rules or just flat out doesent care. There isn't one center in Colorado that goes through 150 lbs a month. Now if you own multipal stores then maybe but one store on 44th and Tejon, please. There is no way to justify having that much product on hand at this point in the game. Plus, to possess that much weight you would need well over 1000 patients and I'm pretty sure Canibus and Co. isn't a type 3 center.

Gerald
Gerald

Even though we had MMJ on the books at the time the West Metro Drug Task Force was taking bribe money from Dan Tang, how does the MMED feel about that? 

Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

I'm not sure which state they were planning to ship the weed to, but they must have used the street value of pot in that state when they estimated the value. 

$1,000,000 for 175 pounds = $5714 per pound = $357 per ounce.  It has been a while since anyone got that kind of money for bud here in Colorado.  "High grade" or not...

Caregiver
Caregiver

I charge from $150 to $200 an oz for my meds. Not one of my patients would say my meds are anything less that high grade. I never get any complaints, just requests for more. Once again, lies from law enforcement...

GreenDocs4Life!
GreenDocs4Life!

hahahaha.

Dmitry - karma's a bitch

Aaron57
Aaron57

Dmitry got what he deserved... ha ha "don't poke the bear" remember?

sojournerC
sojournerC

reveling in the misfortune of others could win you some negative karma IMO

Gerald
Gerald

isnt it?

Kind of like living in a glass house and throwing stones though isnt it?

Gerald
Gerald

The fact of the matter is with 51% of the nation supporting full legalization, these law enforcement should be preparing for all the paperwork they are going to have to do to release all Marijuana prisoners, and clear all criminal records.

That they would keep adding additional bricks to this mess, at a time like this, is foolish.

Just two more criminal records they are going to have to amend when prohibition is ended .

GetReal
GetReal

All this fear over a substance that has never killed anyone...

Gerald
Gerald

Its really good to know that we can be100% sure that there are informants, snitches, and all manner of McCarthyists in our town for some time to come now.

Time to shore up the contacts and tighten your inner circle kiddos. 

Gerald
Gerald

It has begun. Remember when WMDTF was taking bribes from Dan Tang? Surprised they are still allowed to function. 

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