DEA Raids target group exporting Colorado pot

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DENVER | Authorities have raided over a dozen locations in Colorado linked with an organization accused of shipping marijuana out-of-state.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said it was helping local authorities serve search warrants at 20 locations between the Denver and Colorado Springs areas on Thursday.

Court documents in the case, which is being handled by District Attorney George Brauchler’s office, are sealed.

“I appreciate the public interest in the ongoing law enforcement operations,” Brauchler said in a statement, released by Director of Communications Vikki Migoya. “Because they are ongoing, we will not be making any statement until all operations are completed and everyone’s safety is ensured.  At that point, ethics rules will limit the type of information that can be shared.”

Denver television reported that the locations included a spot in a commercial neighborhood in Denver and a home in suburban Castle Rock.

A DEA spokesman says the investigation has been in the works for months and isn’t the result of any new directive from the Trump administration. There were several rounds of pot raids in the state under the previous administration.

New Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated he wants stronger enforcement of federal law on marijuana.