Last Friday, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents seized marijuana plants from an illegal grow operation in Monument, Colorado that was cultivating cannabis adjacent to an elementary school.
The raid occurred after law enforcement received “many calls” from a concerned woman in the “upscale King’s Deer neighborhood.” The action took place at 19150 Breton Place, where DEA agents were seen “removing 4- to 7-foot plants and piling them 3 feet high in the driveway” while children could be heard playing at the nearby school.
According to The Gazette, this raid was related to “a federal investigation into drug trafficking,” and the DEA stated that the home grow was part of a network sending cannabis out of Colorado to other states. Later that same day, the DEA also raided a home in Cascade, Colorado and a nearby storage unit connected to an illegal operation.
Similarly, in March, the DEA conducted a large-scale raid on multiple grow locations in Colorado pertaining to a larger, out-of-state operation. Those March raids were reportedly unrelated to the promise of “greater enforcement” from the federal government on recreational marijuana.
Reading between the leaves, these raids probably had more to do with neighborly concern and a subsequent investigation than the DEA’s long-term agenda on marijuana enforcement. Neighbors of the Monument home told The Gazette they smelled cannabis flowers “at all times of the day” and noticed “suspicious behavior” like excessive construction.
If growing illegal cannabis is ill-advised, then growing illegal cannabis adjacent to an elementary school simply lacks common sense.