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Single Arrest Made in Denver Dispensary Raids

Hector Diaz arrested in correlation with the DEA's raids on Denver last Thursday holding assualt rifles.

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Single Arrest Made in Denver Dispensary Raids

This photo of Hector Diaz wearing a DEA baseball cap and holding up two authentic-looking semi-automatic rifles obtained by the U.S. Department of Justice was included in a criminal complaint filed against Diaz.

A Colombian national has been arrested following raids of several medical marijuana facilities in the Denver area Thursday. According to a press release issued by the Department of Justice, Hector Diaz, 49, was arrested and charged with one count of being an alien illegally in possession of a firearm. DOJ spokesman Jeffery Dorschner said there is an unsealed affidavit as it pertains to Diaz’s arrest only, stating the warrants from the original search warrant remain sealed.

Federal agents executed search and seizure warrants on several medical marijuana facilities Thursday. While details remain murky, the 16 search warrants issued included several medical marijuana dispensaries in the Denver area as well as in Boulder. Included in the 16 was a residence in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. where Diaz was found. According to a DOJ release, while concluding the security sweep of the residence, agents and officers found five assault rifles, one shotgun and five handguns, as well as a large cache of ammunition.

Diaz is set to appear in court this afternoon.

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. We’ll post an update when we know more.



  1. Rick Scalf

    December 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    When you walk through the eight areas the recent DOJ guidance listed in which federal enforcement will continue, it includes “Preventing revenue from the (legalized) sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels…” Now I may be engaging in some ethnic profiling here, but a Colombian national with “five assault rifles, one shotgun and five handguns, as well as a large cache of ammunition” seems to warrant further attention. Just sayin’

    • whatever

      December 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm


  2. Cannabista

    November 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    No matter what the picture MAY look like it’s a far cry from a legitimate evidence of a crime in progress. The D.E.A. and D.O.J. are stuck in the 60’s when marijuana was the evil weed. The D.E.A. still classifies pot as a Schedule 1 “narcotic”. That’s nothing but propaganda for the un-informed but anyone with a brain knows marijuana doesn’t belong in the same class with dangerous narcotics like Heroin or Morphine. Those days are over and the WAR ON DRUGS has been a MAJOR failure ever since it’s inception. The Governor should be asking why the D.E.A. is raiding it’s legal dispensaries.

  3. Jay

    November 26, 2013 at 6:39 am

    As long as they are not allowed to operate with Banks and security companys to protect theyr money.. I would say they need stuff like this to defend themselfes because there are a lot of people who Like Money. Even in the netherlands where they can operate with banks etc , weapons are not unusual in coffeeshops .. because its a dangerous place. Every Place where people gather a lot of Money is dangerous. And I´m saying this as a European , usually we think a little bit different about gun laws than americans =)

    • Josef Engel

      November 27, 2013 at 8:42 am

      I agree that money is as a “golden calf,” that attracts temptation; however, we do not have such weapons in our shops. Some shops have a gun, like some petrol stations. In the end, we support gun laws, but in Amsterdam, our police are enough. This man is an example of American “culture;” regardless of his South American birth.

      • whatever

        December 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        And what is wrong with that? Guns keep us free from tyranny! Well, supposedly…

  4. Rebecca Smith

    November 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Wow!!! Why is my question. We are a peaceful movement to legalize marijuana and don’t need to bring weapons into it.

  5. Renee Morgan

    November 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I agree with what’s already posted…just adding one more thing….It’s IDIOTS like him that will harm our movement for complete legalization….this sort of news feeds into the 1930’s propaganda that we’re continuing to battle today. And until more folks educate themselves as to the REAL reality of pot…we’ll continue to battle the MYTHS!!

  6. Dopey

    November 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Absolute BS. Just an excuse. The only ground they have for aliby of their probable cause is the publicity. Fed agents drive by me while im toking and never say crap. The FEDS are becoming the publics worst enemy. What about all the other pics going around of people with pounds of dope and people mis treating children? Nothing happens. My point is this should be a clear warning to all people in the weed industry to be descrete as possible. This should be a must for the movement to climb the hill.

  7. Jeremy Daw

    November 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Does it seem a little odd that the DOJ had to raid a dozen dispensaries to find one guy? Surely civil asset forfeiture laws have nothing to do with it.

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