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Colorado’s Mike Coffman goes hyperlocal, urges crackdown on illegal Aurora pot grows

Author: Kara Mason - March 9, 2018 - Updated: March 9, 2018

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A couple of half-million-dollar homes in Arapahoe County have caught the attention of Aurora U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.

The homes in southeast Aurora seems to be a regular stop for Aurora police, having seen multiple illegal marijuana grows in recent years. That has prompted anger from neighbors.

The Aurora Sentinel reports that the houses are being rented out by owner Grover Mohinder — who reportedly wasn’t home when a Sentinel reporter dropped by to ask some questions. A person who answered the door at one of the addresses said they thought Mohinder may be out of the country for now, according to the report.

After eight arrests, 1,460 plants and more than 370 pounds of pot, neighbors are growing tired of the riff-raff. In a letter to Robert Troyer, U.S. Attorney for Colorado, Coffman said a number of constituents have reached out about recurring instances with the two homes.

“I do not think it is a coincidence that two properties owned by the same individual have had multiple drug raids in the past three years,” he wrote. “It is also my understanding that to date no law enforcement agency has indicted the homeowner for facilitating or allowing these operations on his property.”

Coffman urged Troyer to investigative the matter, particularly whether the owner is committing any crimes.

While nearby residents have reached out to their congressman for help, the city is looking into ways of cracking down on problems like this. The Sentinel reports the city attorney’s office is looking into how they can use old ordinances passed in the ’80s that were created to target the owners of East Colfax Avenue hotels and homes where drug activity was prevalent.

There’s also a chance the city could create an ordinance to address illegal marijuana grows separately. But city officials told the Sentinel those are in very early stages.

Kara Mason

Kara Mason

Kara Mason covers southern Colorado, Aurora and statewide issues for ColoradoPolitics.com. She also writes for the Aurora Sentinel.