DEA raids 3 marijuana shops tied to VIP Cannabis

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DENVER -- Drug Enforcement Agency agents raided three marijuana businesses Wednesday morning that also were raided last year.

Aerial footage showed agents and firefighters working on two safes as part of the raid at VIP Cannabis (2949 W. Alameda Ave.). Agents also targeted marijuana businesses at 4800 N. Brighton Blvd. and 2640 E. 43rd Ave.

The raids were carried out by the DEA, IRS, U.S. Marshals Service and Denver Police. U.S. Attorney spokesman Jeff Dorschner said the raids are related "to a long-term ongoing criminal investigation" and provided no other details.

The front door of VIP Cannabis was knocked in and a U-Haul truck was backed up as agents executed a search warrant.

VIP Cannabis was raided in November and it resulted in four indictments, including against Denver attorney David Furtado, who was arrested Friday.

One of the men arrested in connection to the November raid, Hector Diaz, was in federal court Wednesday on money laundering charges. He pleaded not guilty and is free on bond. Two other men are in custody and the fourth is still at large.

Prosecutors believe the men diverted thousands of dollars from Colombia to buy a Denver grow house.


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