Colorado Hydroponics Store Owner Nearing Federal Settlement Over Marijuana Operations

The owner of a Colorado chain of hydroponic supply stores may be reaching the end of his involvement in an extended investigation by federal prosecutors, who claim that the store owner has been helping others set up illegal marijuana growing operations across the state.

According to The Denver Post, federal prosecutors have accused the store owner of receiving nearly $1.3 million in 2005 and 2006 for helping marijuana growers set up hydroponic systems for their plants. Prosecutors claim that the store owner put the money into his business accounts. Now, federal prosecutors and the store owner’s attorneys state that they may soon have settled the case, though they have not disclosed any specifics.

The investigation began when federal agents attempted to seize five houses in various Colorado cities that agents alleged were used to grow illegal marijuana. They also filed suits to seize over $48,000 in cash found at one of the houses. In 2009, federal agents raided nine additional houses, seizing 981 young marijuana plants. At least one homeowner has claimed that he was growing the plants legally under Colorado’s medical-marijuana laws.

The overlapping and contradictory requirements of local ordinances, state laws, and federal laws regarding marijuana growing and use can make a marijuana-related drug charge into a complex and confusing maze. The aggressive and experienced representation of a Colorado marijuana crime defense attorney may be your best chance of meeting the charges head on. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has experience with drug crimes cases in Colorado and will fight to win the best possible outcome in your case. For a free and confidential consultation, call 719-475-2555 today.

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