By Rick Sallinger

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 22,000 pounds of marijuana has been seized in raids on residences in Southern Colorado.

The raids involved agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration along with sheriff departments, including El Paso, Bent, Otero, Pueblo and Crowley counties.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

What makes it different is it involves an organization whose members are originally from Laos, which is near Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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The raids were at a dozen homes that were determined to be filled with marijuana grows.

The DEA agents used search warrants to access the residences — 10 of them were rented.

(credit: Kyla Galer)

(credit: Kyla Galer)

(credit: Kyla Galer)

(credit: Kyla Galer)

(credit: Kyla Galer)

(credit: Kyla Galer)

The DEA says the marijuana was for distribution in Arkansas and Texas. Pot grown in Colorado can get two to three times as much when sold out of state where there is no legal distribution. It is often grown under the cover of Colorado’s legalization.

All the locations were tied to one organization made up of people originally from Laos. Their status in this country has not been released.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.


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