Photos: Jannene Barrett among those busted in alleged Boulder drug ring operating near school

Categories: Crime, Marijuana

Jannene Barrett, as seen in an image from her Facebook page. More photos below.
CU-Boulder's usually high finish in the Princeton Review's reefer madness rankings is only one reason why Boulder has a national reputation as a pot mecca. But the powers that be are clearly trying to maintain the line between legal and illegal marijuana sales, as witnessed by the recent arrests of seven people, including Jannene Barrett, seen here, in conjunction with what's described as "an organized drug distribution network" operating downtown -- and apparently purchasing weed from local medical marijuana dispensaries.

The case is described by the Boulder Police Department as an "undercover sting operation," with the bust on Friday involving as many as thirty law enforcers: some in uniform, others in plain clothes, but all targeting alleged dealers in the Central Park area of Boulder near the intersection of 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard.

Customers for the group are said to have been between fourteen and 65, and marijuana wasn't the only product for sale. Also cited are psilocybin mushrooms.

Moreover, the proximity of the location within 1,000 feet of a school triggers a punishment multiplier -- meaning that a sentence related to such offenses may result in additional penalties ranging from eight to 32 more years behind bars.

The initial arrests netted five adults and one juvenile, led by Barrett, seen above, who faces two counts apiece of distributing marijuana to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, among other things. Similar beefs are faced by Jayson Seuferer, seen in the following photo from his Facebook page:

Jayson Seuferer.
Also taken into custody were Derrick Parrish and David Sanderson, accused of distributing, contributing to delinquency and more, as well as Jeffrey Ferriss and a sixteen-year-old female, each facing one distribution charge.

Meanwhile, Gerald Newman was initially said to be at large -- but he was captured within hours after this photo was shared by the BPD:

Gerald Newman.
However, the cops are still on the lookout at this writing for a seventeen-year-old female suspect plus Bryan Antonie Townsend, represented by the following mug shot....

Bryan Antonie Townsend.
...and Michael Morton, seen here:

Michael Morton.
As an aside, the BPD notes that investigators believe the suspects purchased the marijuana they were selling at local medical marijuana dispensaries. Thus far, there's no proof the unidentified centers were part of the conspiracy, but the inquiry is ongoing.

If charges are made against a such a business, expect Boulder authorities to make a lot of noise about it. Already, acting police chief Greg Testa, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett and Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam have weighed in on the operation, indicating their interest in emphasizing that the city isn't going to look the other way when illegal pot sales are taking place just because the community's got a rep for pot friendliness.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Townsend, Morton or their alleged juvenile conspirator, you're encouraged to phone the Boulder police at 303-441-333 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1,800-444-3776. The latter is offering an award of up to $1,000 for information leading to their arrest and conviction.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Follow That Story archive circa August 2012: "CU-Boulder out of Princeton Review's party school top 20, but number 1 for reefer madness?"

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Possibly I am missing something here but what do you guys think has changed since legalization? These guys still would have been arrested and charged with the same charges before it was legal, has the time they would serve gone up? Nope, just as illegal to sell on the street to minors as it was 2 years ago!

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

This is the "legalization" that lyin' Brian Vicente, mendacious Mason Tvert and bullshit Betty Aldworth wrote, promoted and promised ... 

Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels sell an overpriced, overtaxed 1/8th of warehouse schwag = legal

Private citizens / Homeless sell the same 1/8 they bought from those dispensaries = CLASS 1 FELONY punishable by 8 - 32 YEARS in PRISON!

How did the SAME 3.5 grams of pot become so HARMFUL and DANGEROUS that citizens should suffer 32 YEARS in PRISON?

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kennedyrsk  ... WRONG!

Since the passage of A64 -- the fake "legalization" initiative -- the Legislature has INCREASED the Criminal Penalties for providing dangerous and harmful marijuana to ANYONE under 21 years old, making it the HIGHEST POSSIBLE FELONY -- a CLASS 1 -- punishable by 8 - 32 YEARS in Prison.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... why is rec. Marijuana so harmful and dangerous that NO ADULT under 21 years old should be allowed ANY LEGAL ACCESS to it, not a single gram, under Criminal Penalty of Law ??



You are just now starting to get it? Once the taxes start flowing, the government is going to protect their business. This is about money you jackass. And when you voted for legal weed, all the people who got you the chance to vote on it said it would be regulated and taxed and this would keep it off the street. Well now it is so put a cork in it.


@DonkeyHotay @kennedyrsk

 Ok you got me there. How dare they charge an adult with a felony for selling to a minor???

 Is that really all you can come up with? This case has not changed one bit since legalization. I would bet you I can look back a couple years ago and find a article saying the arrested people for the same thing at the same place. 

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@joethegorilla ... the homeless people in question paid the absurd Government taxes -- they got the weed from a licensed, regulated and taxed dispensary.

All weed ends up "on the street" ... one way or another.

The only question is how many people will be sent to 8 - 32 years in PRISON for it.


Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@joethegorilla @DonkeyHotay  Far be it from me to "defend" DonkeyHotay, but he's not just "starting" to get it. He, and I, predicted this shit before it passed, and did not vote for it. The people who begged for extreme regulation ensure an underground market and plenty of work for attorneys.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kennedyrsk  " If the only thing that has changed since legalization is longer penalties for adults selling pot and mushrooms to anyone under 21 or not on the open street in downtown boulder. I think we are winning the war."

WINNING!! ... like Charlie Sheen on crack!


Ok your right that's too long of a penalty for that crime, however I feel like you are just making my point for me. If the only thing that has changed since legalization is longer penalties for adults selling pot and mushrooms to anyone under 21 or not on the open street in downtown boulder. I think we are winning the war.

I feel like you may have forgot that this is what some of us voted for... it to be treated like alcohol, which is also heavily regulated. There are 48 other states where people don't have the balls to change the system and the make changes as needed, because it's not going to be perfect. It will take time to make such drastic changes to the system, I don't believe anyone forgot that before they voted.


"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time " - Donkey Hotay

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kennedyrsk ... "minor" ?

The idiotic A64 defines ADULTS under 21 yrs old as "minors".

So tell us again why is rec. marijuana so harmful and dangerous that EVERYONE under 21 should be denied ANY LEGAL ACCESS to it,

... and why those who dare provide it should face CLASS 1 FELONY charges -- the most extreme Felony class equal to RAPE and HOMICIDE -- of 8-32 YEARS in prison?

Be specific.



@DonkeyHotay  And just in case you were wondering it is also a Felony punishable by 2-6 years to provide a minor with the devils liquor in Colorado. 

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @joethegorilla 

These must be some of the 10,000 arrests that Lying Scumbags like Brian Vicente and that ignorant shiteater Robert Chase claimed would be prevented every year by A64.

Class 1 Felonies ... for Marijuana ... 8 - 32 YEARS in Prison!

        *** Regulation Works!! ***


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