Federal indictment on federal marijuana raid expected to be unsealed

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DENVER – A federal indictment is expected to be unsealed Monday, revealing more details about last fall’s federal marijuana raid and why a Denver attorney was arrested Friday.

A few weeks ago, state regulators denied VIP Cannabis (2949 W. Alameda Ave.) a license application and ordered it to stop selling marijuana.

In November, VIP was part of the largest raid on Colorado’s medical marijuana industry. Sources say the feds are looking into possible connections to Colombian drug cartels.

On Friday, federal agents made multiple arrests in connection with the raids, including attorney David Furtado.

"It appears as though he might of been arrested not as an attorney but as a shareholder or an owner of a marijuana distribution dispencery,” criminal defense attorney Dan Recht said.

In November, federal agents executed search warrants on 14 businesses and two homes. One of those homes is located in Cherry Hills Village and it’s where federal investigators traced a photo of Colombian national Hector Diaz, who has been charged for illegally possessing guns while in the country on a visa.

Details about Friday’s arrests won’t be revealed until the indictment is unsealed in federal court Monday. The people arrested remain in federal custody, including Furtado.

"The attorney Furtado is indicted and arrested and will face federal charges and could in fact, end up in federal prison as a result of this investigation,” Recht said.

Recht says it’s too early to tell if there’s a strong case against him or not. In a state where marijuana is legal and illegal at the federal level, details of the indictment are something the public will look at closely.

"This is battle is being waged in Colorado when the rest of the country is watching,” Recht said. "It creates this turf battle and a whole lot of tension that hasn't been played out yet."

How many people were arrested on Friday will also be revealed Monday. As for VIP Cannabil, it has less than two months to request a hearing to challenge the license denial.



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