Two former Broncos victims of illegal marijuana ring

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Since recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado, it’s reasonable for someone to think it’s a legitimate investment opportunity.

But a pair of former Broncos were among the victims in a massive alleged securities fraud scheme run by an illegal marijuana ring.

According to KUSA, former Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen and tackle Erik Pears (who both played at Colorado State) thought they were investing in a legal business.

“Mr. Dreessen was an innocent lender to a business that he was told was both lawful and properly licensed,” Dreesen’s lawyer Steve Peters said. “Joel has been repaid all funds he provided and is glad to have this matter behind him.”

But it’s far from over legally.

The bust, which Colorado authorities have hilariously labeled “Operation Toker Poker” has led to 74 indictments, with 2,600 illegal pot plants and 4,000 pounds of marijuana seized.

The defendants are charged with 31 felony counts, including trafficking marijuana out of state, along with securities fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and mortgage fraud.

20 responses to “Two former Broncos victims of illegal marijuana ring

  1. So happy my taxes can pay to put these pot smoking hippies to the slammer where they belong with all of the other low life scum.

    If there are two things i can’t stand in this world its those who are intolerant of other cultures and pot smokers.

  2. The saying goes “You gotta spend money to make money “. They should have spent a few grand on a lawyer to verify all the paperwork was filed and confirm that the business was legitimate.

  3. @NewEngland>YourTeam…

    Thanks for a good chuckle… OVER 10 states…

    OVER 10…. WOW that helps it sound like MASSIVE acceptance ; )

  4. So, if Pot is ‘legal’ there to sell and these guys were busted trying to sell out of state, and a hand full of other actually impressive illegal ventures for whom most usually would classify the individuals as ‘idiot potheads’, what happens to the seized pot?

    Will it go up on auction like a pimps tricked out Benz?

    Seems like a waste to burn when it could be auctioned off and then sold in a store where tax dollars could go back to the public.

  5. New England>Your Team says:
    Jun 29, 2017 11:13 AM
    So glad my taxes can pay for people to go to jail over a plant, that’s now LEGAL in over 10 states.

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    You’re delusional if you believe the stuff being sold is just a plant.

  6. Alcohol is legal because it creates chaos = violence, DUIs and deaths, bad decisions….
    AND ITS JOB SECURITY FOR JUDGES, ATTORNEYS AND COPS .

    MJ is mostly illegal because people sit at home and don’t cause trouble.. The people above would be out of jobs…

  7. Apparently at least 170 people didn’t get your joke.

    unbridledsexy says:
    Jun 29, 2017 10:47 AM

    So happy my taxes can pay to put these pot smoking hippies to the slammer where they belong with all of the other low life scum.

    If there are two things i can’t stand in this world its those who are intolerant of other cultures and pot smokers.

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  8. “If there are two things i can’t stand in this world its those who are intolerant of other cultures and pot smokers.”

    So you don’t like people who are intolerant unless the people are ones you don’t like, in which case its ok to be intolerant of them.

    That’s an ugly ugly double standard you live by.

  9. New England>Your Team says:

    So glad my taxes can pay for people to go to jail over a plant, that’s now LEGAL in over 10 states.
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    Your taxes? You live in Colorado, Smokey?

  10. People criticizing this bust either don’t know what was actually happening or more likely don’t care. This wasn’t a local Colorado pot shop selling to the local community. I have a client in CA who sets these things up, and believe me when I tell you that even in the communities where its allowed, his operation is an extremely tight ship with regards to complying with any and all state and local regulations, and makes money like you wouldn’t believe.

    This Colorado thing? Just a multi-state criminal drug enterprise.

  11. Or they could just legalize it across the board so we don’t have to stumble across dumb articles like this.

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