Colorado

Apr 6, 2010 3:00 PM

DEA would rather stay out of medical marijuana enforcement

Denver's top Drug Enforcement Administration agent says he'd rather his agents focus on international drug rings than medical marijuana growers.

Denver DEA Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sweetin in an interview with The Denver Post editorial board Monday says that aggravating factors must be involved before his agents raid a medical marijuana grow.  Those factors include links to criminal organizations, feeding the marijuana black market or operating "far over the line" of
state law. Sweetin's comments come less than a week before sentencing for Christopher Bartkowicz, who was arrested Feb. 12 in a high profile raid.

DEA agents raided Bartkowicz's home after he told a television station about his marijuana growing operation in his basement.

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