- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has arrested seven people after raiding an illegal marijuana grow operation near Fort Collins.

The Coloradoan reports (https://noconow.co/1P0qZqn ) that officials say they seized hundreds of live plants and broke up a recently established and elaborate pot distribution ring during the raid late last month.

Investigators say the head of the operation posed as a real estate agent to find a headquarters for the marijuana. They say once he found a suitable location, he threatened the land owner with a racial discrimination lawsuit unless he could use the property.

Sheriff’s deputies visited the property and found 75 pounds of finished, sale-ready bud marijuana and 245 live marijuana plants.

The ringleader, 35-year-old Mario Garcia, was arrested Oct. 5 and faces felony drug and extortion charges.


Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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