Update, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2:29 p.m.: CSPD has released the names of the three individuals arrested in connection to Billygoatgreen MMJ: Pritchard Garrett, 31; Shilo Campbell, 27; and Daniel Conticchio, 29. Conticchio's photo was unavailable at the time we requested it, but the others' are below. All were charged with "offenses related to marijuana — distribution."
Two weeks ago we brought you the tale of marijuana home-delivery service Billygoatgreen MMJ. The company sought to slip through the section in Amendment 64 prohibiting receiving remuneration in exchange for cannabis by providing the substance for free and taking "donations" for growth and research instead.
It's a gray area with plenty of risk, as attorney Brian Vicente confirmed in our story. But as we also quoted Lt. Mark Comte with the Colorado Springs Police Department's Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division, "If I show up at your house with less than an ounce of marijuana, I'm 21, you're 21, and I say, 'Hey dude, it cost me 50 bucks in gas to get over here,' and you give me 50 bucks for my gas, there's nothing illegal."
Well, maybe not, but either way, in the last couple days, owners of the service were contacted by police, arrested and charged with distribution, according to a post on Billygoatgreen's Facebook page.
"we met with a high profile lawyer and he says if we fight it and loose were looking at LIFE in PRISON!!!!! out on bail waiting for court dates," reads the statement posted yesterday. "they are using a undercover police boyfriend and girlfriend to trick people on craigslist. DET.Lemkool is the name of the undercover cop. first they say its legal to donate then arrest you and your looking at life in prison. not so sure that sounds fair"
We contacted the service for more details.
"They raided my house with swat team and sheriff's when my wife was home alone," the anonymous man responded in an e-mail. "Made a felony stop on me at the same time and 3 of us were taken to jail for distribution of marijuana. I posted bail and all 3 people are home safe.
"They took both our cars and both phones laptop and $3000 or so in cash being saved to repair my wifes car. They took everything they could but left all the mmj because our grow is 100 percent legal.
"Because of my past record im looking at a plea deal of 10 to 24 years or take it to trial and risk 25 to LIFE bro even though the last charge I had was 8 years ago. ... Life in prison for a marijuana charge. If I ever knew my family was in danger I would never chosen this path. I truly believe I didnt break the law and certainly not anything that could cost me life in prison."
CSPD would only confirm "that warrants were executed," but declined to provide more information because "this remains an open and active investigation." Asked what changed from Comte's original statement of legality, public communications specialist Barbara Miller e-mailed that "nothing changed with Lt. Comte. The law is vague so we can’t speculate on hypotheticals — there are elements that are both legal and illegal."