Feds arrest dozens of people, seize millions in property and cash as part of black market marijuana investigation

Feds arrest dozens of people, seize millions in property and cash as part of black market marijuana investigation

A two-year investigation into a black market marijuana operation has resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of more than $1 million, marijuana plants and luxury cars.

Raids on the homes began early Wednesday morning as hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement agents fanned across the Front Range suburbs to bust illegal grows inside upscale homes and arrest those involved. Agents served search warrants on 227 homes and restaurants in the Denver metro area.

U.S Attorney Jason Dunn, DEA Special Agent in Charge Tim McDermott, 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young and 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler will talk about the investigation during a 10:30 a.m. news conference.

“Unfortunately Colorado is no longer known for its beautiful mountains
and scenery.” DEA Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Tim
McDermott said. “Now it is known for marijuana and other illegal
manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances. This
investigation highlights that law enforcement and prosecutors are
committed to the rule of law and ensuring Colorado returns to its
former standing.”

A news release said  80,000 marijuana plants have been seized
and 4,500 pounds of finished marijuana.

A Porsche 911, a BMW SUV, a Mercedes Benz and scores of homes in upscale and middle class neighborhoods in Denver suburbs including Arvada, Thornton, Aurora, Castle Rock, Brighton, Parker and Centennial were among the property seized.

Authorities also seized thousands of marijuana plants.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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