Firestone Police Assist in Year-Long Money-Laundering Investigation
On June 10, 2021, the District Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial District, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Homeland Security Investigations announced the grand jury indictments of 21 people in connection with a year-long investigation into a large money-laundering conspiracy.
In addition to the DA’s office, DEA, HSI, and members of the Front Range Task Force, special assistance was provided by the Colorado Department of Revenue, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado National Guard, Firestone Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Haskell County (Okla.) Sheriff’s Office, Denver Police Department, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mountain View Police Department. Numerous other law enforcement agencies assisted the task force at various times throughout the investigation.
The 45-count indictment from the 18th Judicial District Grand Jury outlines how the defendants illegally grew marijuana and laundered their drug proceeds through a sophisticated system of social media apps, QR codes, and illegal money brokers in China. The defendants grew and distributed the marijuana throughout the Denver metro area, with grows and stash houses across Colorado.
“I would like to applaud the hard work and professionalism of all our partners in the Front Range Task Force,” said Deanne Reuter, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Denver Field Division. “This was a complex criminal operation that could only have been brought down by the cooperation of all agencies involved.”
The Firestone Police Department assisted with the investigation.
Read the full press release from the District Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial District here.