Montezuma sheriff and Cortez police receive funds from 2018 marijuana bust – The Durango HeraldPosted by On

The three properties on notice for foreclosure are owned by Jimmy Dang, who was one of four defendants facing federal felony charges after a large-scale marijuana raid in August 2018. (Journal file photo)

$42,000 checks come from bank account linked to suspects

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and Cortez Police Department have received $42,000 from the IRS for their parts in a raid that seized about 500 pounds of processed marijuana and $500,000 in cash and gold bars in 2018.

Eight people initially were arrested and 4,300 plants were seized when five properties were raided during an investigation of illegal marijuana grow operations in the Cortez area. The investigation targeted two properties on County Road V, one on County Road 22, one on County Road K. 3 and another on South Chestnut Street in Cortez.

The $42,011 payments, authorized by IRS Criminal Investigation unit, came from a bank account linked to the suspects. The money was given to the departments through the IRS in a share given by the Treasury Department based on their level of involvement.

The agencies involved in the bust were Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, Cortez Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, IRS Criminal Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement…

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