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Operation Sweet Leaf: Jordan Buehrer accused ringleader in 25 grow metro-area megabust

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Update: A just-released indictment related to Operation Sweet Leaf, in which 25 metro-area marijuana grows were raided, names 22-year-old Jordan Buehrer as the alleged ringleader of the scheme -- although Buehrer's LinkedIn profile suggests another name.

The bare-bones page lists him as the owner of "jordans enterprises."

Other names appearing in the indictment according to the Denver Post piece linked above include Zachary Oviatt of Breckenridge, whose Facebook page is loaded with snowboarding links and images. Here's his profile photo:

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Zachary Oviatt.
Among the allegations in the indictment: Individuals sent a shipment of more than five pounds of marijuana through the mail to New Jersey last August, and another twenty pounds to Kearney, Nebraska in September.

Look below for our earlier coverage.

Original post, 1:23 p.m. January 25: At this writing, a slew of law enforcement agencies are engaged in what authorities have cleverly dubbed Operation Sweet Leaf -- a raid of 25 marijuana grows scattered throughout the metro area.

According to the 17th Judicial District DA's office, sixteen arrests have been made thus far.

As for the locations of the grows, eighteen are said to be in Adams County, four in Denver, one in Weld County, one in Erie and one in Breckenridge. A total of 69 criminal charges have been leveled against the sixteen suspects, including racketerring and conspiracy under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA). That suggests some or all of the grows are thought to be linked together in a combined criminal enterprise.

The DA's office stresses that the marijuana was not being grown for medical purposes, with much of it being shipped out of state. According to 9News, more than 1,000 plants have been seized to date, including around 200 at a suburban location in Thornton.

We've placed a call to Commander Jerry Peters of the North Metro Drug Task Force, the agency reportedly heading up the raids, with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Service, the Denver Police Department and several other outfits. When and if he gets back to us, we'll update this post. In the meantime, look below to see the aforementioned 9News report.

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More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: U.S. Attorney 'not bluffing' about seizing dispensaries near schools."

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Guest
Guest

It is reported one of the suspects, Devin Sussman, is cooperating and was the reason the feds have evidence in the allegations in the indictment in which Individuals sent a shipment of more than five pounds of marijuana through the mail to New Jersey last August, and another twenty pounds to Kearney, Nebraska in September.

thorntonsmostwanted
thorntonsmostwanted

    Well at least no one blew the whistle this time, good fortune! And apparently CO weed is worth over $4400 a pound again, haha. And now Iraqi $ tied to CO MMJ, less than $13,000, or basically less than .25 % of this siezure, yet the public will think terrorist. Once again Peters your numbers dont add up, but kudos for making the feds think your actualy doing something. Roberts you should be ashamed posting that 9news clip, make your own news, sell out.

Copatient
Copatient

It is time to make the voice of Colorado heard by the feds and state. A permit will be pulled for a  protest and or rally. Info will be posted for all to attend. We should be allowed to ship via USPS to other legal states. USPS wants money, then charge a extra a cannabis shipping fee or tax. IRS must make it so we can pay our additional income tax on cannabis with out fear.When in out history has IRS, USPS, and other local and state agencies work together to bust non violent citizens? This must end. Other states are watching us and we must do something. MMED must go. Stop using my tax money on cannabis raids in Colorado. How much has the cannabis related raids over the last 6 months cost us? I demand justification for the actions of our government!

States Rights Advocate
States Rights Advocate

The real booty in these raids will be the property seizures. That goes to the cops. The tragedy will be the destruction of the families and the costs of incarceration. Government arithmetic doesn't have to add up or equate.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

According to the indictment, the ring was headed by 22-year-old Jordan Buehrer. Buehrer is currently being held in the Adams County Jail on $100,000 bail, according to online jail records.

Others charged in the indictment are Brittlee Barnes, Matthew Alderman, Matthew McCally, Joe Smith, Dan Cichowski, Robert Gregg, Eric Gleason, Drew Jeffrey, Devin Sussman, Zachary Oviatt, Justin Osborne, Nicholas Baudhin, Phillip Lobo, Michael Albert and Eric Hoffman.

kevdog
kevdog

How about operation meth bust...then again that would be to sophisticated for these pigs to investigate. This pig D-bagery at it's best. Keep it easy and they want all the glory.

Basil
Basil

So the meth problem is under control huh? 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

All these defendants should be acquitted by any right-thinking jury.  In the jury room it only takes one decent person to stop the persecution, waste, and affront to our Constitution repesented by these charges.  No one can be punished for voting their conscience as a juror.  Vote to acquit!

Richard
Richard

using the RICO statute just like they did to catch Al Capone. Will they ever understand that prohibition does NOT work & the BILLIONS of $ they waste is shameful! Shame on Holder for lying & Obama for flipping 3 times on decriminalization.

Michelle LaMay
Michelle LaMay

Colorado Relief for Possession of Cannabis Act 2012 will relieve law enforcement around the state of the fiscal burden of a day like today. The Drug Task Forces around the state use the locals and the burden for their time busttin' pot is on our community coffers.Enough damage to families of all those involved today... enough money out of the taxpayers pocketbook for so little...how many Coloradoans believe that cannabis in their community is a threat that justifies such punishment and that explosive TV casts are but propaganda at its best, especially in 2012 when Medical MJ access has "normalized" cannabis. I believe there are 1 million cannabis users in the state that live in fear of a criminal record...are you one? Donate tp 303-886-7998AUTHOR: http://www.relief4possession.w...

PityTheFoolsInLawEnforcement
PityTheFoolsInLawEnforcement

Poor cops. They go to work day after day and just do useless work. How demoralizing that must be. We really need to legalize this stuff already so cops can spend their time doing things that actually help communities. Cops playing cat and mouse with marijuana consumers and providers makes about as much sense as cops playing cat and mouse with coffee consumers and providers. 

Ooppp
Ooppp

25 grows at 1000 plants is 40 plants a person??? weird 

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

* In 2010, 52.1% of the 1,638,846 total arrests for prohibition violations were for marijuana -- making a calculated total of 853,839. 

* Of those, an estimated 750,591 people (45.8%) were arrested for marijuana possession alone. 

* By contrast, in 2000, a total of 734,497 Americans were arrested for marijuana "violations", of which 646,042 (40.9%) were for possession alone. 

* From 1996-2010, there were 10.1 million arrests for marijuana possession and 1.4 million arrests for the sale and distribution of marijuana, equaling a total of 11.5 million marijuana arrests during that fifteen year time frame.

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cm...

* Marijuana "violation" arrests were 39.9% of total prohibition arrests in 1995 increasing to 52.1% of such arrests in 2010. 

* During this same period, arrests for marijuana sales and distribution fluctuated between 5-6% of total prohibition arrests, while those for simple possession increased from 34.1% in 1995 to 45.8% in 2010. 

* Arrests for marijuana possession have risen from about a third to about a half of all prohibition violation arrests over the fifteen year 1995-2010 period.

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cm...

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

In other news, marijuana lawyer Rob Corry continues to tell the pot clowns that the cops are just bluffing ...

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Any act of resistance against the criminal parasites of the North Metro Drug Task Force is justified.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

At least Jace Larson, the one how narced on Barkowitz, clarified that this WAS NOT "medical marijuana." 

By the way, how many meth rings have been busted lately? Coke? Pills? Why don't they focus on what is actually KILLING people?

Guest
Guest

Operation: Taxpayer Money Up In Smoke

eternalvibe
eternalvibe

So...Colorado grows great Marijuana and non users in non MMJ friendly states are creating a huge demand for what is now a locally grown product.  And instead of legalizing and taxing it, we're spending money trying to stop it...BRILLIANT!  :/

Guest
Guest

Operation: Wasting Taxpayer Money To Have ZERO Impact On Marijuana Supply Or Demand.

Guest
Guest

Operation Yawn.

Guesta
Guesta

I know 4 out of the 16 people including the ringleader. The only thing that those people will be getting seized are their vehicles, electronics, and bank accounts. As for their houses they were all renting.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The swine should not be allowed so much as a penny of what they stole.  The prohibitionist establishment is far more dangerous to Americans and their liberty than the Mafia ever was.  How can Peters and his ilk still walk the streets?  They should be cowering in their bunkers.

Bharms76
Bharms76

They want meth to be on the streets now.  They locked down the market on it.  If you look back to around 2003.  Most meth was being cooked in  small labs all over.  The DEA and local law enforcement cracked down and you saw cooks being busted all the time.  Since 2003 they have built these super meth labs in Mexico run by mexican drug cartels and guess who else... Our CRIMINAL Government..  That's why they love busting these guys who are stealing there business.  If your gowing to buy drugs1) Make sure it comes from mexico2) Go to a dispencery. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

These defendants won't ever make it to trial -- they'll wisely plead guilty to something with 5 years or less prison time rather than face 20+ years for the Money Laundering, and a 10 year MINIMUM MANDATORY prison sentence for cultivation of over 1000 plants.

Make that a 20 year MINIMUM if they were growing within 1000 feet of a school !!

Like Chris "living the dream" Bartkowicz and Pierre "Doctor Reefer" Werner, they will surrender to the government for the folly of their greed.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

HipTip: The RICO act was enacted in 1970.  Al Capone died in 1947.

HTH.

'Mikee Edwards
'Mikee Edwards

"Shame on Holder for lying & Obama for flipping 3 times on decriminalization."  is exactly why Obama is losing his grip on the under 25 year olds and the medical and Tax/ Legalize factions..a 3 way split favors another 4 years of Obama or (YIKES) Romney or Gingrich!  Ron Paul is the answer to this dilemma!

Jdawg44
Jdawg44

I am on both sides of this! I am all for MMJ, but why were they "shipping" it via USPS! Isnt a Federal felony using USPS and also a Federal felony going across State Lines? Again, I am all for MMJ, but its 100% obvious these people were bit doing anything MEDICAL about it. I'm also for moving MMJ away from Schools! Do you see any Bars within 1000 feet, or a Gentlemans Club within 1000 feet??

Also, everyone wants 100% legalization! You all better pray it never happens! Because companies that RUN this world will take it over a monopolize it too! Trust me, you don't want to have to buy your Medicine from Proctor & Gamble, Bayer, Coca-Cola, etc.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Your proposal is WAY BETTER than the idiotic "Regulate Marijuana Like (deadly) ALCOHOL" proposal.

Thumbs up!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

If the Feds adopt this criminal prosecution, the 1000+ plants will get a MANDATORY MINIMUM 10 year prison sentence ... for each of the defendants.

If the grows were less than 1000 feet from a school, the MINIMUM is DOUBLED! to 20 years in prison!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

According to reports from Warren Edson's office, some of those arrested ARE claiming it was "medical" marijuana.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The Summit County Sheriff illegally seized caregiver Scott Matthew Shumway on Monday.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The Summit County Sheriff illegally seized caregiver Scott Matthew Shumway on Monday.

Guest22
Guest22

But doesn't that make total sense? Waste tons of money on something that SHOULD be regulated. This isn't the 1950's and I don't like my tax money going to all these stupid raids that have ZERO effect on the actual drug trade. Good job City of Thornton, you have removed one out of one hundred million grows. Thanks for wasting our money!

eternalvibe
eternalvibe

So...Colorado grows great Marijuana and now users in non MMJ friendly states are creating a huge demand for what is now a locally grown product.  And instead of legalizing and taxing it, we're spending money trying to stop it...BRILLIANT!  :/

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

It will have a HUGE impact on the lives of those arrested ...

Guesto
Guesto

the real question is why you still oppose a Ron Paul presidency when everything you believe in rests on his success. 

Bharms76
Bharms76

You speak as if you have discovery in hand.  I went to school with a few people involved in this and they used to be sucessfull business men.  But the colapse of the economy destroyed there lives.  Doing what they did is wrong.  But how can the presstitute whore media cover this as such a great threat to society.  When the feds are shipping guns and dope to mexico and won't spend a day in jail. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Stop supporting the criminal injustice system!  The wholesale threatening of indigent defendants with draconian punishment in order to exact guilty pleas (often in the absence of evidence adequate to convict them) should be ended by any means necessary, now.  The US leads the world in less and less, but we are way out in front when it comes to incarceration.  People like Quick, Peters, and the rest of their gang of parasites should not walk the earth, much less draw publicly funded salaries to prey on Coloradans for inoccuous conduct.

Basil
Basil

So the meth problem is under control huh? Do the cops regulate if the hustlers deal near schools? What about Walgreens, are we going to regulate their distance to schools? 

Guesto
Guesto

i buy my oxycontin from a mexican

Todbodman
Todbodman

I purchase my oxy from a board certified doctor. Professional and legal drug dealer...sigh.

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