An enterprise based in the south metro Denver area sent marijuana through the mail, sold it to out-of-state buyers and cultivated pot in upscale neighborhoods, according to a 98-page indictment.
Two dozen people have been accused of participating in the drug-trafficking ring that illegally grew marijuana in at least 10 homes in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties. Each person has been indicted on at least nine charges.
The group allegedly operated out of residences in the Centennial, Parker, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch and Aurora areas and in Elbert County. The suspects are accused of conspiring to grow more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana and of selling marijuana to out-of-state buyers for distribution in 12 states. A grand jury for the 18th Judicial District issued the indictment Nov. 14. Bond for each suspect is set at $50,000.
In multiple jurisdictions, law enforcement officials are in the process of apprehending the suspects, said Vikki Migoya, spokeswoman for District Attorney George Brauchler.
The charges also include money laundering and attempting to influence a public servant. The suspects will be tried in Douglas County