Breckenridge Police Department officers last week arrested an employee of a local medical marijuana dispensary, charging him with unlawful distribution.
Eric James Elmore, 28, of Breckenridge, is charged in Summit County Court with one count of possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana with the intent to distribute, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
He was arrested Oct. 15 as part of an ongoing police department investigation, which culminated when officers observed him allegedly distribute marijuana in the 400 block of North Park Avenue, according to a police department news release.
Elmore was found to be in possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana. He told officers he was selling his medical marijuana, which he claimed to have purchased legally from his employer, the release stated.
Officers on duty Tuesday were not familiar with the case and did not know for which Breckenridge dispensary Elmore allegedly works.
There also were no details about what prompted the investigation or how long it was being conducted prior to Elmore’s arrest. However, officers suspect Elmore removed the labels from the marijuana he purchased to resell the product on the street.
Following the passage in 2012 of Amendment 64, it is legal for Colorado residents 21 years of age and older to carry up to 1 ounce of marijuana on their person.
“While the Breckenridge Police Department respects the choice made by voters to legalize marijuana in our state, actions such as those undertaken by Mr. Elmore demonstrate that unlawful activity regarding marijuana distribution and possession is still an issue,” said Breckenridge Police Chief Shannon Haynes in the release. “Our police force, along with the district attorney’s office, will continue to cite and prosecute anyone who refuses to follow the law as it relates to marijuana and other drugs.”
The investigation is ongoing, the release stated.
Elmore was released from Summit County Jail the same night of his arrest on $1,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 20.