Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock talks about the shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced multiple arrests in what is being called one of the largest money-laundering schemes in Colorado history.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the arrests came after a two-year investigation spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Spurlock said they started investigating the suspected multimillion-dollar laundering scheme when several law enforcement chiefs from local jurisdictions approached him in 2019. They developed a task force that included the following:

  • Lone Tree Police Department
  • Castle Rock Police Department
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Aurora Police Department
  • Denver Police Department
  • U.S. Bureau of Prisons
  • Retailers: Albertsons/Safeway, Walmart, Home Depot, Target

Spurlock said with cooperating agencies and help from local retailers, the task force was able to track a scheme involving retail theft. The suspects allegedly would steal items from local retailers and take the product to a facility in Aurora where the items were sold online and sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

Spurlock said the estimated value of the stolen goods is around $5.2 million. He said about $1.7 million in stolen goods was recovered.