El Paso, one of the counties in the U.S. state of Colorado, had its sheriff’s deputies seizing $13 million worth of marijuana in the first three months of 2018.
The deputies confiscated about $12 million worth of illegally grown marijuana, and another $1 million in processed cannabis, the Denver Post reported.
The authorities made 16 arrests and confiscated more than a dozen guns, it added.
The clampdown comes after Colorado issued Bills 17-1220 and 17-1221 in June last year to reign in regulations that allowed the “grey market” to flourish.
After introducing the two new bills, people can only grow 12 plants at their homes instead of 99. About of $6 million of pot tax revenue was also allocated to black-market enforcement.
The Denver Post reported that between Jan. 1 and March 31, deputies served 30 search warrants and conducted another 30 “knock and talks.” They also confiscated a marijuana trimming machine worth about $10,000.
Colorado was one of the earliest U.S. states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana in 2012.[share-btn]