Marijuana bust: Richard Caleel among group accused of using MMJ as cover for illicit pot ring

North Metro Drug Task Force Commander Jerry Peters has long argued that criminals are abusing Colorado's medical marijuana system -- and now he's got more evidence go back up his contention. The Colorado Attorney General's Office, working with the NMDTF, has just announced a major bust featuring multiple arrests and the seizure of 110 pounds of processed cannabis, nearly 700 plants, assorted firearms and $175,000 in cash.
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