13 people sentenced in connection with illegal marijuana stores in Colorado Springs

Joseph Hopper Colorado Springs Police Department

Thirteen people have been sentenced in connection with an illegal marijuana enterprise in Colorado Springs, according to police. 

Police said in August 2016, they began an investigation into several illegal retail marijuana stores in the city. Two of the main stores were Hoppz’ Cropz Boulder on East Boulder Street and Hoppz’ Cropz Delta on Delta Drive. A grand jury indicted a total of 13 people in connection with the enterprise. 

Police said all 13 suspects pled guilty. The charges they faced included trafficking of marijuana, weapons-related charges, and tax-related felonies.

The final suspect was sentenced on Wednesday. 

Three of the suspects face “lengthy custodial sentences,” according to police. One of them, Nathan Bernheisel, was sentenced to a four-year custodial Community Corrections sentence. Another, Derrick Bernard, was sentenced to two years and eight months in the Colorado Department of Corrections. 

Police said the leader of the enterprise, Josh Hopper, pled guilty to a Colorado Organized Crime Control Act charge and a tax evasion charge. After a custodial sentence, Hopper will face eight years of supervised probation. The criminal enterprise of “Hoppz Cropz” was fined $1.3 million. 

Police said more than 200 pounds of marijuana were sold through the stores during their investigation. Police also seized guns, currency, and narcotics in connection with the investigation, which ran from August 2016 to May 2017. 

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