Colorado pot flooding nearby states

Brush News Tribune — Marijuana is flowing into the black market and out of Colorado in greater quantities than ever before, law enforcement officials say.

 

It’s going by car and by bus. It’s being packed up and shipped through the mail. It’s being found, in small amounts and large bundles, as far away as Illinois, New York and Florida.

 

Earlier this year, 42 pounds of high-grade, vacuum-sealed marijuana was flown into Atchison, Kan., in a small red-and-white airplane. Acting on a tip, a team of law enforcement officers pounced on the plane immediately after it landed, seized the marijuana and put four Colorado residents in handcuffs.

 

“I think they thought they were going to sneak in,” Atchison’s police chief, Mike Wilson, said recently.

 

The movement of Colorado marijuana into neighboring states has scarcely escaped the attention of police in those states, who say they have started tracking it more closely and believe Colorado’s legalization of pot will only increase the influx.

 

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