Colorado: Owner who bragged of large medical-pot operation jailed |

Colorado: Owner who bragged of large medical-pot operation jailed

John Ingold
The Denver Post

Federal drug-enforcement agents Friday raided the home of a Highlands Ranch man who a day earlier bragged in a 9News report about the large and profitable medical-marijuana-growing operation in his basement.

Along with the raid, Jeffrey Sweetin, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s special agent in charge of the Denver office, sent a message to anyone involved in Colorado’s increasingly profitable medical-marijuana industry.

“It’s still a violation of federal law,” Sweetin said. “It’s not medicine. We’re still going to continue to investigate and arrest people.”

Agents at the scene Friday evening said the marijuana grower, Chris Bartkowicz, had been taken into custody. Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S.

(The Denver Post)

attorney’s office in Denver, said the grower would be held over the long Presidents Day weekend before a decision on charges is made Tuesday.

“The U.S. attorney’s office will review the evidence the DEA collected before we make a determination whether we will prosecute,” Dorschner said.

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