10 marijuana dispensary employees formally charged for ‘looping’

DENVER — Ten people arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling illegal amounts of marijuana to undercover officers have been formally charged, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Five people — Stuart Walker, Krystal Mauro, Leeanne Henley, Natalie Betters and Deann Miller — face felony charges for marijuana distribution of more than 4 ounces.

The other five — Christopher Arneson, Cassidy Thomas, Joseph Gerlick, Andrea Cutrer and Devin Waigand — face misdemeanor distribution of more than 1 ounce of marijuana, the district attorney’s office said.

The Denver Police Department raided multiple licensed marijuana dispensaries on Dec. 14, including multiple Sweet Leaf locations that were reportedly closed with notices saying licenses have been suspended.

A spokesman for the city Department of Excise and Licenses said 26 licenses, including retail and medical marijuana, cultivation facilities and one medical marijuana-infused product facility were suspended.

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At least 13 people were arrested, with 10 now facing charges.

The Sweet Leaf stores at which the alleged illegal sales occurred are located at 15200 E. Sixth Ave. in Aurora; 5100 W. 38th Ave.; 2609 Walnut St.; 4400 E. Evans Ave.; 7200 E. Smith Road; and 4125 Elati St.

Authorities are continuing to investigate.