By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America

A group of 21 people accused of illegally growing and distributing marijuana in Colorado has been indicted in an alleged money-laundering scheme, county and federal officials said Thursday.

They grew and distributed marijuana throughout the Denver metro area, with facilities to grow and stash the drugs across the state, authorities said in a news release.

Officials have seized about $1 million worth of marijuana proceeds, hundreds of pounds of the drug and more than 10,000 marijuana plants, said District Attorney John Kellner, whose office covers several counties just south of Denver.

They laundered the money they made through social media apps, QR codes and money brokers in China, according to indictments based on a year-long investigation.

The 21 people face…



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