A prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Colorado has asked a federal judge to dismiss all drug and money laundering charges against Denver attorney David Furtado, a key figure in what was once heralded as the biggest criminal pot raids in the state’s legal-marijuana era.
Article by Kirk Mitchell
Acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Troyer requested all five felony money laundering charges against Furtado be dismissed without prejudice in a motion on Friday, according to a court document.
The dismissal brought to a quiet end a case that was announced three years ago in a high-profile news conference in which Furtado was named as an operator in VIP Cannabis dispensary, helping to oversee an international drug-trafficking and money-laundering operation that included close to 30 people and spanned multiple licensed marijuana businesses and unlicensed residential grows.
But only Furtado and three others were ever charged with federal crimes connected to VIP Cannibis. Although the other three were all convicted, their charges were greatly reduced in plea bargaining. The defendants who all originally faced decades in federal prison entered probationary deals, according to court records.
Furtado’s Denver attorney, Joseph Saint-Veltri, declined to comment. But in a second motion to dismiss he filed in December, Saint-Veltri accused the U.S. Attorney’s office of selective prosecution.
Prosecutors had previously alleged that Furtado helped orchestrate a scheme to funnel money from Colombia through several bank accounts in Denver and into the purchase of a warehouse for growing marijuana.