- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on police raids of legal marijuana businesses in Denver (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Denver police say they have arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution for marijuana, the result of a year-long criminal investigation of eight legal marijuana businesses operating under the name Sweet Leaf.

A statement issued Thursday afternoon by the Denver Police Department says the charges relate to marijuana exceeding limits set in state law. Colorado permits people older than 21 to possess one ounce or less of marijuana.

Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said he couldn’t provide more detail because the investigation is continuing.

The department didn’t name the people arrested or provide other details.

Police executed search warrants at eight locations connected to the company on Thursday.

Denver’s city department that regulates marijuana businesses also shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses run by the company on Thursday.

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2:24 p.m.

Denver officials have shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses amid a police investigation expected to lead to criminal charges.

A suspension order issued Thursday by the city department that regulates marijuana businesses says its executive director made the decision after reviewing an investigation completed by the Denver Police Department.

The order affects dispensaries for recreational and medical marijuana and facilities where marijuana is grown, all operating under the name Sweet Leaf.

Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman said he couldn’t discuss details of the investigation. He said officers are executing “search and arrest warrants” at multiple businesses. He also would not discuss potential charges tied to the investigation or the number of arrests made.

Three co-owners listed on the city’s order didn’t immediately respond to email messages seeking comment.


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