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106 citations, 92 pounds of pot seized in 48-hour State Patrol roundup

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What would happen if law enforcers stopped hundreds of cars over the course of a couple days? How many criminals and how much contraband might they find?

A Colorado State Patrol-described "large-scale law-enforcement operation" just conducted in Mesa County provides an idea: over a hundred citations, a handful of fugitives captured and more than ninety pounds of marijuana seized. And that's not all.

Get a complete data breakdown below.

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From Friday morning to Saturday night, according to a Colorado State Patrol release, the CSP, in conjunction with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and police departments in Grand Junction and Fruita, took part in an effort meant to "interdict criminal activity such as auto theft and drug trafficking and to encourage safe driving behaviors through strict enforcement of traffic laws."

The numbers? Over that 48-hour span, troopers contacted 336 drivers, with 236 of them stopped due to what's describes as "dangerous or improper driving behavior." The total number of violations came to 393, meaning that some people allegedly broke more than one law.

For instance, a trooper found "92 pounds of high-grade marijuana concealed in a vehicle and packaged for distribution." Here's a CSP photo of the haul:

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Also stopped was "a vehicle with a false compartment designed to transport methamphetamine."

Scofflaws who weren't involved with drugs were found as well. The CSP located two stolen cars and four fugitives wanted on warrants for "multiple DUI violations, habitual traffic offenses, careless driving causing death and criminally negligent child abuse."

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More digits? Eight people were busted for "drug/alcohol violations," one stolen handgun with an altered serial number was recovered and a total of 106 drivers received citations, including one guy who was zooming at more than 110 miles per hour and allegedly forcing other motorists off the road.

Not that everyone wound up with a ticket or a personalized set of handcuffs. The CSP notes that 290 motorists "were educated through verbal and written warnings for less serious violations."

Speaking for those of us who've heard about warnings but never actually received one in lieu of a ticket, we're grateful to know they actually exist.

More from our News archive circa September: "1,342 DUI busts in Labor Day enforcement period, nine alcohol-related deaths."


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COlady
COlady

was that 92 lbs coming in or going out of the state on the utah border? 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I went through Grand Junction about three weeks ago, and they stopped me for "driving in the left-hand lane." I was passing, apparently because they were obstructing traffic. Didn't write me up. Pretty sure they just wanted to give it a good sniff and peak.

Bob Knudsen
Bob Knudsen

Wow, imagine what would happen if they actually focused on harmful crimes instead of fundraising for the state...

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Stopping people for "dangerous or improper driving behavior" sounds like a pretty gray law to me regardless what what may have been found. Kind of like "disturbing the peace." How long before cops start housing sweeps looking for offenders or illegal activities?

McShyster
McShyster

Headline -- SSAASSD!

3 charged with Felonies in Marijuana Home explosion

CARR — Three people are facing charges over a drug-related house explosion in Carr that injured two men and a 7-year-old boy.

The Weld District Attorney's Office has filed felony child abuse and drug manufacturing and arson charges against Levi Allen and Clayton Smith, both 27.

Allen and Smith were both severely injured in the Aug. 11 explosion, which blew out windows in the home, caused the roof to separate, and knocked the chimney off of the structure. The boy was treated for minor injuries after the blast.

The home owner, Lavonne Bessler,  has also been charged with one felony for allowing Smith and Allen to manufacture marijuana concentrated on her property. She was not home when the explosion occurred.

The 7-year-old told investigators that the men were making "oil that you use to smoke weed" when the explosion occurred, prosecutors said.

Weld County Sheriff's Office investigators believe the explosion happened while the two were attempting to extract oils from marijuana. The process is meant to produce a wax-like substance high in marijuana's active ingredient, THC.


Where are the clueless bong-suckers who claimed A64 LEGALIZED marijuana?

Hey profiteering landlords, your ASS is on the line for the CRIMES YOU ALLOW your dope-addled tenants to commit.


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Jason Frey
Jason Frey

Welcome to the United Police States of America. The land of militant war lords funded by their enemy, the people.

Joe Maldonado
Joe Maldonado

Hmmm... something smells funny here, and it ain't the weed.

Monkey
Monkey

Welcome to the United Police States of America. The land of militant war lords funded by their enemy, the people.

McShyster
McShyster

 Also stopped was "a vehicle with a false compartment designed to transport methamphetamine."

Because the hidden compartment had a Pollos Hermanos logo on it?

Note -- the vehicle was SEIZED by the pigs, even though no drugs of any kind were found, merely for having the hidden compartment.


stupidstuka
stupidstuka

How's that driving 5mph over working for you?

JimTom
JimTom

@McShyster Maybe Rob "do you know who I am" Corry can get them off. Time to put a WHOLE bunch of rules on making oils and waxes. A64 you get what you vote for.

McShyster
McShyster

@Monkey 

Regulation Works!

You will be Regulated, resistance is Futile!

Assume the Position!


adrotar623
adrotar623

@McShyster 

hidden compartment... don't almost all cars have some kind of hidden compartment? if thats all it takes than fuck it.

McShyster
McShyster

@JimTom 

More appropriately Lyin' Brian Vicente and Mendacious Mason Tvert should be forced to defend them pro-bono using their "A64 Legalized Pot" and "A64 will prevent 10,000 arrests every year" defense ...

... and forced to personally serve any jail/prison time received.

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btw -- the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel and their paid Marijuana McLawyer lobbyists successfully bribed the legislature to continue to criminalize -- with FELONY penalties -- any/all personal private manufacture of concentrates. Even from the pathetic 3 (three) plants the common folk i.e. "black market" are allowed to grow.


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