Defendant in Granby black market marijuana bust pleads guilty to three counts
Over one year after local authorities initially raided a black market marijuana growing operation in Grand County, the defendant in the case has pleaded guilty.
On Thursday morning, Matthew Niedermeyer, 43, of Granby pleaded guilty to three separate charges, including two felonies and one misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement worked out with officials from the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture or distribute marijuana or marijuana concentrates, a class two drug felony, tax evasion, a class five felony, and distribution of marijuana or marijuana concentrate, a class one drug misdemeanor.
According to officials from the district attorney’s office, Niedermeyer faces a maximum sentence of eight years under the terms of the plea agreement he signed.
He is scheduled for sentencing in Grand County District Court at 9:15 a.m. June 6.
“Mr. Niedermeyer was initially investigated in 2018 for operating an illegal marijuana grow site and distribution business in Grand County,” said officials from the district attorney’s office. “The investigation resulted in law enforcement offices seizing a total of 12.83 pounds of processed marijuana and marijuana products as well as 468 live marijuana plants totaling 266.18 pounds from two locations in Grand County.”
According to the district attorney’s office, the investigation also revealed that Niedermeyer evaded taxes to the state of Colorado, the city of Granby and Grand County totaling more than $83,000.
The investigation into Niedermeyer’s activities entered the public sphere last March when local authorities raided two separate locations connected to Niedermeyer’s black market marijuana operation. The two separate marijuana grow sites were located in a neighborhood in Granby Ranch and near Lake Granby respectively. At the time of those raids, multiple individuals were detained and questioned by authorities though no arrests were made and no formal charges were filed.
Formal charges were filed against Niedermeyer roughly two months later in May 2018. The district attorney’s office initially filed 22 separate criminal counts against Niedermeyer related to the black market grow operation.
“We greatly appreciate the good hard work of the investigating agencies on behalf of the citizens of Grand County,” said Brett Barkey, district attorney. “Their dedication and professionalism is center to our ability, as a community, to deter this kind of behavior.”
The Granby Police Department conducted the investigation into Niedermeyer’s black market marijuana operation with assistance from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Marijuana Enforcement, the Fraser-Winter Park Police, 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Revenue Criminal Investigation Section. Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Dowdell prosecuted the case.
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