AG nabs Denver dispensary for illegal marijuana sales

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A Denver medical marijuana dispensary has been indicted for illegally selling its product out the back door.

The Colorado attorney general’s office obtained indictments this week against The Silver Lizard LLC and members of a multi-state drug ring.

According to the 59-count indictment alleging violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, the indicted individuals engaged in a pattern of racketeering and conspiracy to receive, buy, sell, deal, cultivate and/or distribute marijuana in Colorado and to distribute the marijuana in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

“This indictment and its allegation that medical marijuana was sold out of the back door of a dispensary for distribution to other states is consistent with information gathered by a recent Rocky Mountain HIDTA survey of Colorado law enforcement agencies,” said Attorney General John Suthers. “It is becoming clear that as predicted in 2010 legislative hearings, Colorado is becoming a significant exporter of marijuana to the rest of the country.”

The individuals accused of the crimes include: Tanner John Kimberlin, 29; Jeremy S. Crawford, 23; Kyle Abt, 26; and Leon Cisneros, 49.  Under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, if convicted the individuals face sentences ranging from eight to 24 years.