The Denver Post
By Jennifer Brown
January 22, 2016
Three roommates in Conifer are suing Denver police and JeffCo sheriff's after a SWAT raid on marijuana operation
Derek Smith and Shannon Riley, who are engaged, and their roommate Eric Hepper grew medical marijuana and sold it to Vietnam War veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as well as cancer patients, their lawsuit says.Three roommates who grew medical marijuana are suing two law enforcement agencies after their rural Conifer home was raided "military-style" with armored vehicles, machine guns and flash grenades.
A year after the raid, none of the three has been charged with a crime, and they have received minimal response from Denver police and Jefferson County sheriff's officials about why they confiscated $70,000 in cash, 28 firearms and a pickup truck, their attorney said.
Heavily armed SWAT officers knocked in doors and threw flash grenades during the Jan. 23, 2015, raid, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday. Officers "assaulted" dogs at the "peaceful mountain home" and destroyed more than 350 marijuana plants.
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