10:25 PM, Oct 14, 2011
DENVER – Federal agents have seized two large-scale medical-marijuana grow operations in the Denver area and arrested four people, 9Wants to Know has learned.
About 1,000 plants were seized at a warehouse grow facility near East 38th Avenue and Forrest Street Thursday evening. That’s south of Interstate 70 near Holly Street.
Agents went to a second facility, Cherry Top Farms, which has a medical-marijuana dispensary and found about 2,100 marijuana plants, 9Wants to Know has also learned. This location was at Brighton Boulevard and East 48th Avenue. That’s north of I-70.
Ha Do, 48, Nathan Do, 21, Hai Do, 44, and Richard Crosse, 48, were all arrested. Ha and Nathan were arrested without incident. Police are still searching for Richard Crosse and Hai Do.
The grow operations were described as professional nursery grow operations. According to the Department of Justice, Crosse owned the building where the marijuana was grown and was an investor in Do’s allegedly illegal business.
Federal agents had previously seized plants at the first facility this summer. The second location is three blocks from Elyria Park.
Marijuana grows, even for medicinal use, violate federal drug laws. Medical marijuana is regulated, and if growers and users follow state rules, it is legal under state law.
According to the Department of Justice, Ha Do was the general manager of the grow operation, Hai Do was the owner of the business and Nathan Do was the grower. There was a business agreement between the Dos and Crosse, according to officials.
If convicted of the charges they face, the suspects could face no less than 10 years and not more than life in prison and a fine up to $4 million.
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