Medical marijuana: Nathan Do, target in Cherry Top Farms raid, killed in crash

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The raid.
One of the stranger marijuana stories of last year involved a federal raid on Cherry Top Farms dispensary -- one not prompted by an investigation into the center, but due to the targeting of Nathan Do, a man associated with a different MMC, who agents were following. Nathan, along with family members Ha Do and Hai Do, were ready to plead in the case, but that won't be happening for him now: He was killed this week in a motorcycle crash.

As we've previously reported, law enforcers from the DEA and other agencies raided Cherry Top Farms on October 13, seizing 2,500 plants and shutting down the dispensary, which never reopened. However, none of Cherry Top's personnel were busted or charged with wrongdoing.

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Models show off Cherry Top Farms T-shirts at the former dispensary's location.
The same could not be said of Nathan, 21 at the time of the arrest (he was 22 when he died), and his father, Ha Do, then 48. They were both fitted with cuffs that day, with Ha's brother Hai Do and Richard Crosse, respectively 44 and 48 as of last October, following suit. The four were charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants.

The Dos were all affiliated with Earth's Medicine, a dispensary on Federal Boulevard; Ha was the general manager, Nathan the cultivator and Hai the owner. As for Crosse, he owned a warehouse at 3885 Forrest where the trio installed a grow operation; he also allegedly invested approximately $325,000 in the operation, purchasing the equipment needed and leasing it back to the Do family.

What brought this quartet to the attention of federal authorities? The complaint in the case, on view below, suggested a high degree of cooperation between the DEA and the Colorado Department of Revenue, which oversees the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. Back in June, authorities shut down a Do grow operation on Forrest, with the Denver Police Department grabbing 1,865 plants -- and the complaint's narrative mentions interviews with DOR personnel, who revealed that the location didn't have a current or pending licensing permit to grow there.

No arrests were executed at that time; the seizure of the plants and equipment appears to have been the primary punishment. But the following month, a source who'd had business dealings with the Do family began providing information to the DEA and Denver Police. This source doubted the legitimacy of their MMJ business, hinting that the suspects were "grossly under-reporting their marijuana proceeds" and siphoning off weed for sale elsewhere. For instance, when the source spotted several large, unpackaged toy boxes, Nathan allegedly said they were being packed with marijuana and shipped to Chicago.

But something else was just as important to investigators, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner told us last year that "after their equipment was seized and their plants were seized, authorities learned that the Dos and Crosse went right back to the same location" -- that unlicensed, unpermitted 3885 Forrest site -- "and committed the same crime."

After further investigation confirmed this situation in the minds of investigators, they made plans to move in. But then, something unexpected happened.

Page down to continue reading about Nathan Do and the Cherry Top Farms raid.


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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

The Dos had multiple licenses pending with State DOR and various municipal agencies, as per the record. The case of any errant or missing single license, or plant overcount, was entirely the responsibility and purview of the Colorado Medical Marijuana CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT Division.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

The MMCED did NOT do their job in prosecuting the Dos under State law, which was their job as the CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT division of the DOR.

Vothuykhanhly
Vothuykhanhly

it not the right thing to talk bad about people behind their back ... !!!! god will purnish you as your life go on and some thing will happen to your mouth ...... !! good luck 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Well, that's one way -- perhaps the only way -- to avoid a Federal MANDATORY MINIMUM Prison sentence. Why didn't the Colorado Medical Marijuana Criminal Enforcement Division do THEIR JOB and prosecute the Dos -- where they could at least argue a medical defense or procedural violation -- instead they cowardly shirked their MMJ Enforcement Mandate and threw the defendants to the FEDERAL LIONS where they have NO DEFENSE whatsoever, and face Draconian Mandatory 10 (TEN) year prison sentences ? This is what every Dispensary purchases with the MILLIONS $$ in licensing fees / extortion they willingly submit to DOR MMCED!

Kristigrt
Kristigrt

Nathan you will be missed...

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Baby Steps won't drive Fascists from their dining room.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Legalize cannabis and drive the fascists from our Land!

Guest
Guest

Very Sad. I witnessed the blue motorcycle in pieces the other day. Was hoping the person was okay.

Boxxy
Boxxy

Youse trollin!!!!!!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"a high degree of cooperation between the DEA and the Colorado Department of Revenue, which oversees the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division" You fools BEGGED for Regulation and HB1284 to "legitimize" your "industry". How's that comprehensive "Seed to Sale to Jail!" system working for you now?

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

that's weird... you said GOD but you write like an Asian person.  Should you not be following the more forgiving Buddah?

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

The MMED DID do their job in not shutting down Cherry Top Farms, their charge.

gatekeeper
gatekeeper

 That would be our baby Nathan - No matter what they say he was a great kid!!!

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

This High Degree of cooperation helped the DEA determine that the affiant was growing almost 2000 plants and had NO application with the MMED.  In other words he was completely rogue and not following any law or regulation.  Donkey's post is not fair as this had NOTHING to do with HB1284.

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