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May 5, 2014 10:05 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Pot money laundering suspect appears in court

DENVER (AP) - An attorney for a man accused of laundering money from Colombia to buy a marijuana grow house in Denver says his client was following Colorado law.

Sean McAllister, attorney for suspect Gerardo Uribe, said Uribe believed he was operating the VIP Cannabis dispensary and his other marijuana businesses lawfully.

Uribe and three other men are accused of transferring money from Colombia to invest in a marijuana-cultivation warehouse and also of attempting to deposit proceeds from VIP Cannabis into a bank account. Uribe pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday, as his co-defendants have previously.

According to the Denver Post, McAllister said it is not against state law to seek investment from outside of Colorado. He said the only requirement is that people with ownership interests be Colorado residents.

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