Defendants used system of social media apps, QR codes and illegal money brokers in China to distribute illegal cannabis

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A year-long investigation into a money-laundering scheme involving illegal cannabis has ended with charges against 21 people in Colorado. The defendants grew and distributed weed throughout the metro Denver area, complete with grow-ops and stash houses across the state, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial District . A 45-count grand jury indictment details “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,” it notes. Bronx DA gets green light to dismiss more than 6,000 cannabis cases Drug trafficker sentenced to 25 years in prison for large-scale distribution conspiracy that made him almost US$1M Two fraudsters convicted after duping U.S. financial institutions into processing US$150 million in cannabis purchases Officials have seized about US$1 million ($1.2 million) in illegal cannabis proceeds, hundreds of pounds of finished marijuana product and more than 10,000 weed plants, District Attorney John Kellner said at a press conference . In all, the Associated Press reports , 16 Chinese citizens reportedly have been arrested to date and five others are subject to outstanding arrest warrants. “While this is a micro cell that we’ve uncovered in our state of Colorado of money launderers, we believe that this is going on on a macro level across the entire United States,” Kellner told reporters. “This is an investigation that impacted not just Colorado and our community, but many other states surrounding Colorado, many other states in which marijuana was illicitly trafficked out of our state and then at an international level when it comes to money laundering,” he said. “This is different than just one house with one grow; this is organized crime,” he added, emphasizing that the office and its partners will “continue…

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