A Denver grand jury indicted seven people and 12 businesses for running an alleged international human trafficking operation comprised of illicit massage parlors and black market marijuana grow operations, the Denver District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. The seven individuals, indicted on 33 felony counts, are accused of “engaging in a pattern of racketeering in which the massage parlors were the nexus for running a complex pimping, prostitution, money laundering and tax evasion operation that generated millions of dollars,” the DA’s office said in a news release. “We believe that the defendants were hiding in plain sight as they trafficked women from China to engage in sex acts with customers of their massage businesses,” Beth McCann, Denver’s District Attorney, said in a stateme...
Published: Apr 3, 2020, 9:07 pm • Updated: Apr 3, 2020, 9:09 pm By Kieran Nicholson Parents and a toddler missing from Thornton have been found crossing the U.S. border into Mexico. Reported missing on Wednesday, the family is “safe and unharmed,” said Matt Barnes, a police spokesman. Missing Thornton Family Update. Preliminary details,the family of three has been located at the Mexico and California border. Investigation is on-going. Limited details at this time. We want to thank the public for their assistance. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
An Aurora couple was sentenced in federal court this week for their role in a large-scale black market marijuana grow operation, the first people to be sent to prison as part of a massive Denver-area drug take-down announced last year. Huanyu Yan, 54, and You Lan Xiang, 50, received 36 months and 30 months in federal prison, respectively, for growing nearly 900 marijuana plants in their basement with plans to distribute the drug, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. The two were found guilty in December of marijuana cultivation following a four-day trial. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
In an effort to make Colorado’s cannabis industry more eco-friendly, the state’s health department and energy office launched two new pilot programs Wednesday focused on reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency at local cultivations. Both programs support Gov. Jared Polis’ mission to cut greenhouse gasses 50% by 2030. For the first program, the Carbon Dioxide Reuse Project, the Denver Beer Co. is partnering with the Clinic dispensary to recycle carbon emissions. Brewing a 120-barrel batch of beer produces enough carbon dioxide naturally through fermentation to fill a 500-pound vessel, said Charlie Berger, co-founder of Denver Beer Co. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
Published: Nov 15, 2019, 6:26 am • Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 6:27 am By The Associated Press By Bart Schaneman, Marijuana Business Daily DENVER — Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. As the marijuana and hemp industries increasingly share the same cultivation territory, the number of conflicts is likely to increase, particularly in areas with thriving outdoor cannabis cultivation. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
Entrepreneurs who broke into Colorado’s cannabis industry at the ground level — the growers — have endured economic whiplash over the last two years as the market for wholesale flower experienced volatile swings in price. The average market rate slumped to a low of $759 per pound in 2018 after peaking at $2,007 per pound in early 2015. That rate has rebounded to $1,316 per pound this month, after five consecutive quarters on the rise, reaching the highest price in three years. Still, many anticipate the wholesale cost will remain relatively flat in 2020. Or at least they’re hoping it will. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.