Feds: Denver Attorney Arrested In Connection With Medical Marijuana Investigation

COLORADO: Questions surround the arrest Friday of a Denver attorney.

Federal authorities arrested 48-year-old David Furtado. They say he was among several arrested in connection with an investigation into the medical marijuana industry and alleged ties to a Colombian drug cartel.

There were no details available Friday about the charges he faces.

The Drug Enforcement Administration raided about 14 businesses, grow operations and homes in November 2013.

The U.S. District Attorney’s office says those arrested and the charges they face are the subject of a sealed indictment, which won’t be made public until Monday.

Targeted Colombian Marijuana Businessman Spoke Before Denver City Council

COLORADO:  , one of the targets in a federal raid last week on Denver-area marijuana businesses, spoke to the  during a public hearing in September about marijuana regulations.

Uribe told the council he owns seven dispensaries in Denver, eight grows and a manufacturing business with 160 employees and wanted help in getting licensed. He told the council he had applied for a license a year ago and hadn’t seen any resolution.

Uribe is connected to VIP Cannabis, which was raided Thursday by agents with the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. Sources told The Denver Post that the raids are focused on possible connections the business has with a Colombian drug cartel. [Read more…]