Arrests made in investigation of Colorado medical marijuana businesses – The Denver Post

Colorado marijuana raids

Federal authorities raided VIP Cannabis in Denver, November 21, 2013. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file photo)

Denver medical marijuana raids

Officers are investigating VIP Cannabis at 2949 West Alameda Avenue in Denver, November 21, 2013. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Federal agents on Friday arrested individuals in connection to high-profile November raids on Colorado medical marijuana businesses.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner said the arrests were carried out by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS Criminal Investigations and the Diplomatic Security Service.

“Who has been arrested and the nature of the charges are currently the subject of a sealed indictment, which won’t be publicly available until Monday,” Dorschner said in a statement.

9News published photos online of one of the raid target subjects, Denver attorney David Furtado, being led away by DEA agents.

Colorado marijuana raids

Officers remove evidence from VIP Cannabis in Denver, November 21, 2013. Federal authorities executed search warrants and seizure warrants at multiple Denver-area medical marijuana facilities, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file photo)

On Nov. 21, federal agents executed search warrants on 14 businesses and two homes in the largest raid ever on Colorado’s medical marijuana industry.

Sources told The Denver Post that the raids were chasing possible connections to Colombian drug cartels, which several of the targets have denied. Furtado has denied doing anything wrong.

Eric Gorski: 303-954-1971, [email protected] or twitter.com/egorski

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