DENVER (AP) – Authorities say five men conspired to send hundreds of pounds of Colorado pot to other states by hiding it in furniture and shipping it on commercial trucks.
A forfeiture lawsuit filed Tuesday says the men also disguised pot-filled packages, once concealing weed inside a vacuum cleaner destined for New York. Court documents say the men were arrested in September, but federal prosecutors now want to take ownership of more than $60,000 seized during the investigation.
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The case illustrates the trend of illegal traffickers covertly shipping potent Colorado pot to other states where it can sell for more than double what it fetches in a legal Colorado shop.
Court documents say two of the men used to get weed from dispensaries and grow-houses. Then they sought larger quantities from someone who turned out to be an undercover federal agent.
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