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24 suspects indicted in illegal marijuana-grow operation

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Two dozen people suspected of participating in a drug-trafficking ring that illegally grew marijuana in at least 10 homes in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties have been indicted on at least nine charges each.

The group is accused of conspiring to grow more than 1,500 pounds of the drug and selling marijuana to out-of-state buyers for distribution in 12 states, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced Nov. 16. A grand jury for the judicial district issued the indictment.

In multiple jurisdictions, law enforcement officials are in the process of apprehending the suspects, said Vikki Migoya, spokeswoman for the judicial district.

The charges also include money laundering and attempting to influence a public servant, with 20 total counts brought among the individuals.

The top charges are class 2 felony racketeering charges under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. Warrants for the 24 suspects were issued Nov. 14, and they will be tried in Douglas County District Court, according to a news release.

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