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Suspect charged in armed robbery of Denver marijuana dispensary — may be connected to 5 others

Published: Feb 5, 2020, 4:12 pm • Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 4:15 pm By Tiney Ricciardi Denver prosecutors have charged a suspect in the armed robbery of a marijuana dispensary last month that law enforcement officials believe is connected to five similar hold-ups in late 2019. Courtesy Denver District Attorney’s OfficeSabastian Littlejohn Sabastian Tremayne Littlejohn, 25, was arrested on charges stemming from a robbery at Lightshade dispensary at 330 S. Dayton St. on Jan. 8. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado unveils plan to help bring banking to state’s cannabis industry

With federal banking still out of reach, Gov. Jared Polis unveiled new strategies Monday to entice Colorado banks, credit unions and money transmitters to work with cannabis companies and become leaders in providing financial services to marijuana and hemp businesses. Polis’s plan renews the state’s commitment to creating a regulatory landscape that affords cannabis businesses access to services widely available to other legal industries, while offering financial institutions support to navigate the industry’s federal grey area. Because marijuana remains a controlled substance under federal law, Colorado’s dispensaries, cultivations and other businesses have been prohibited from obtaining conventional financial services, such as lines of credits or loans, and the ability to accept credit c...

Millbury plumbing businesses operators convicted of running commercial marijuana operation

The operators of a family-owned Millbury plumbing business have been convicted of using the company as a front for large-scale marijuana cultivation and distribution, according to federal authorities. Following a five-day trial, a federal jury on Wednesday convicted Thomas Laverty, 39, of Clinton, and Charles Laverty, 63, of Millbury, of conspiring to cultivate more than 100 marijuana plants, conspiracy to launder money and cultivating marijuana and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office. Earlier this month, Andrea Laverty, 63, of Millbury, pleaded guilty to conspiring to cultivate marijuana and conspiring to launder money. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 9. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.co...

Sonoma County pot murder brings life sentence for third man convicted in case

A Healdsburg man was sentenced on Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court to 25 years to life without parole for a marijuana-related murder in 2018, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office said. Socorro Sierra, 35, was convicted in November of the murder of Jose Evelio Martinez, 46, of Cloverdale in June 2018. Sierra and Martinez entered into a marijuana deal that quickly became combative, the District Attorney’s Office said. When Martinez, a middleman in the deal, wanted to get out of the deal Sierra became resentful and pressured Martinez for money. Sierra and two other men drove Martinez to a remote bridge in The Geysers area of Sonoma County on June 30, 2018. Sierra shot Martinez in the head and buried his body on his marijuana grow near Healdsburg.

Denver dispensary burglaries hit a 3-year high in 2019

Police are investigating a string of armed robberies of metro-area dispensaries in December as the number of break-ins at Denver marijuana businesses hit a three-year high in 2019. Dispensaries in the city reported five robberies and 122 burglaries last year, according to the Denver Police Department. Both offenses increased slightly from 2018, when Denver marijuana businesses reported one robbery and 120 burglaries. Overall, crimes related to the marijuana industry accounted for 0.30% of Denver’s total offenses reported in 2018, the latest year data was available, according to the police department. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Armed robbers wearing masks hit multiple marijuana businesses in Denver metro area

Denver police investigators believe the same armed and masked robbers have struck at multiple marijuana businesses in the metro area since early November. The robbers have brandished multiple weapons in five robberies, the first on Nov. 4 and the most recent on Dec. 11, according to police. All the robberies have happened at night and all four robbers have worn hooded jackets. Police believe a silver 2009 Chevrolet Equinox SUV has been used in the robberies. #Denver, can you help investigators solve these robbery cases? If you have any info, you could earn a cash reward! Just call @CrimeStoppersCO at 720-913-7867. pic.twitter.com/ndjCZuMHw1 Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Aurora couple convicted in massive black market cannabis grow

Published: Dec 6, 2019, 7:11 pm • Updated: Dec 6, 2019, 7:12 pm By Kieran Nicholson An Aurora couple has been found guilty, by a federal jury in Denver, of marijuana cultivation in a massive black market cannabis grow. Huanyu Yan, 54, and wife, You Lan Xiang, 50, were found guilty after a four-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore, according to a U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado, news release. Both defendants, who were free on bond, were remanded into custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 24, 2020, the release said. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.