Upscale drug traffic in the DEA’s sights

Drug raids in western Colorado typically fall into one of a handful of categories: A local methamphetamine lab is discovered and shut down. Regional distributors of pot, cocaine or meth are found and arrested. Some drug “mule” is caught at the bus station with a load of drugs, passing through the area on his way to deliver his goods to some other locale.

Even when those cases involve large amounts of drugs and money, the suspects usually don’t travel in the upper strata of society.

That’s what makes Wednesday’s Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a Montrose physician’s home and clinics he operates so unusual. As the photo of his house on the front page of Thursday’s Daily Sentinel indicates, Dr. Sam Jahani has been very successful.

It must be noted that Dr. Jahani hasn’t been arrested or charged with any crime related to Wednesday’s raids. And, while a source told Sentinel reporters Paul Shockley and Amy Hamilton the raids were part of an investigation related to distribution of controlled substances, none of the information released to the public so far links Jahani to that reported drug distribution.

Whatever happens with Jahani and Wednesday’s raid, there is a broader issue here.

Trafficking in illegal drugs isn’t just a blue-collar crime committed by meth cookers or pot smokers. It also occurs in more upscale neighborhoods, usually with different sorts of people dealing in other kinds of drugs. We’re pleased to see that the DEA and local law enforcement officials also take seriously that type of illegal drug activity.


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