Marijuana: DEA pot raids tied to Florida jewel theft kingpin known as Tony Montana?
|A photo taken yesterday outside marQaha, a marijuana edibles business raided by law enforcement yesterday.|
In either case, Guardarrama would be the fence who sold the diamonds for a profit. But things started to get hairy as other jewelry thieves began to get arrested. So, authorities say, Guardarrama moved on.
By 2010, Guardarrama had landed in Denver and, according to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, became licensed to work in the medical marijuana industry.
He was not registered as an owner as of June 2012, when he was arrested. However, as we noted above, he was allegedly bragging about being able to move Colorado herb into Florida. He told the undercovers that he had two warehouses in Colorado and even pulled up a live video feed of one of the grows.
Fast forward to February of this year when Guardarrama pleaded guilty to organizing thefts and reselling millions of dollars of diamonds and other jewels. He was facing up to thirty years in prison, but he received a ten-year sentence, reportedly due in part to his "willingness to cooperate in bringing to justice" to other people involved in the jewel heist.
Could Guardarrama also have squealed on people in the Colorado medical marijuana industry? That's among the many questions that are being asked in the wake of yesterday's raids.