Hector Diaz to be charged for guns, dropping $500K in Colombian cash on Colorado pot biz

Last November, we told you about marijuana raids conducted at multiple cannabis businesses, including VIP Wellness — which (update) was reportedly raided again yesterday — by law enforcers from the DEA, IRS and Denver Police Department.

This morning, Hector Diaz, a 49-year-old from Colombia, is due in court to be formally advised of the charges against him related to the sweep — including dropping more than $500,000 on the Colorado pot industry and weapons beefs he considers to be unconstitutional. Photos, videos and more below.

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