Prosecutors announce massive black market bust involving grow operations in suburban and rural homes

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Federal and local prosecutors announced 42 arrests and indictments Friday, as part of the multi-year investigation featured in the Rocky Mountain PBS documentary "Cultivating Crime."

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Colorado Marijuana Traced to 34 States, and Florida is a Common Destination

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Law enforcement all over the country have been finding Colorado marijuana in their states in the years since Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana -- and Florida is one of the leading destinations.

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Migrants Are Frequently Caught in Colorado Black Market Marijuana Operations, Raising Concerns About Exploitation

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They came to Colorado, often on the promise of opportunity, and ended up in handcuffs, swept up in the state’s attempts to cut off the export of illegal marijuana to other states where the drug is still illegal.

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By the Numbers: Illegal Marijuana in Colorado

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Is Colorado’s marijuana black market growing? Experts say it is difficult to truly measure something that is happening underground, but most of the existing measures from law enforcement point to a black market that has grown since recreational use and purchase of cannabis was legalized in 2014.

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Cultivating Crime: How Colorado Became a Major Exporter of Illegal Marijuana

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Five years ago, Colorado voters decided to stop sending adults to jail simply for using marijuana. Proponents said the legalization of cannabis would have a healthy side effect: it would kill the sale of illegal marijuana in Colorado. But instead law enforcement officers say Colorado has become a major exporter of illegal marijuana.

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Colorado Law Enforcement Unraveling Complex Networks of Marijuana Grow Houses

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From the front window of Jeanne Hanks’ Firestone home, she and her daughter watched nervously as a truckload of armed law enforcement officers piled into the house next door in March 2018.

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Fighting Colorado’s Black Market: A Cannabis Industry Insider Weighs In

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Law enforcement in Colorado are not the only ones seeking an end to the state’s underground marijuana black market. The cannabis industry wants it gone too.

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