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Opinion: It’s time for our federal and state lawmakers to get serious about fentanyl

As federal prosecutors, we in the U.S. Attorney’s office battle daily with transnational drug dealers who seek to import their poison to Colorado.   Working with our partners at the DEA, the FBI, Homeland Security and local law enforcement, we all too often seize large quantities of heroin, meth and cocaine destined for Colorado’s streets.  […]

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Suspected gunman in 2015 Planned Parenthood shooting federally indicted after four years of stalled state case

A federal grand jury has indicted Robert Lewis Dear Jr., suspected of killing three people and wounding nine others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015. Colorado’s U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the 68-count indictment on Monday, which comes after four years of stalled proceedings in the state case against him. Dear could face […]

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Grand Junction weapons company to pay $1 million for selling Army subpar grenade launchers

A Colorado weapons manufacturer has agreed to a $1 million settlement for allegedly shipping subpar grenade launchers to the U.S. Army, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Capco LLC supplied the Army with M320 grenade launchers between July 2016 and March 2018 even though company officials knew the launchers’ barrels did not meet specifications, U.S. […]

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Man charged in Pueblo synagogue bomb plot pleads not guilty in federal court

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press An alleged white supremacist accused of planning to bomb a Colorado synagogue pleaded not guilty to a hate crime and other charges on Monday as members of the congregation he is suspected of targeting watched from the back of the courtroom. Federal public defender Mary Butterton entered not guilty […]

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Ex-Colorado cop, whose 90-day jail sentence for unlawful sexual contact drew outrage, charged with federal civil rights violation

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Westminster police officer, whose 90-day jail sentence for unlawful sexual contact drew outrage, with a civil rights offense.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado on Monday announced that Curtis Lee Arganbright, 42, faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of depriving the woman of her civil […]

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Already under investigation for her body-parts business, a Montrose woman has her state insurance license revoked

Megan Hess, the former Montrose funeral home owner under federal investigation for allegedly selling the body parts of people whose families wanted them cremated, had her state license as an insurance agent revoked this summer. But the reason had nothing to do with the federal investigation, according to disciplinary documents. Instead, state regulators accused Hess […]

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Colorado’s top federal prosecutor says banks working with marijuana industry have “no carve out” from prosecutions

Colorado’s top federal prosecutor says that he would never tell banks working with legal marijuana businesses in the state that they are devoid of criminal liability.  “As federal prosecutors,” Jason Dunn told The Colorado Sun on Tuesday, “we will never tell them that what they are doing is lawful under federal law. There’s always a […]

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Federal prosecutors say they can’t find files on investigation into Rocky Flats nuclear arms plant

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press The U.S. Department of Justice has lost track of more than 60 boxes of documents from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into safety and environmental violations at a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, officials said Tuesday. The files were gathered in a two-year grand jury probe of the Rocky […]

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Federal investigation launched into former Westminster cop sentenced to 90 days in jail for unlawful sexual contact

The FBI has launched a federal investigation into a former Westminster police officer who was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of unlawful sexual contact while on duty, a penalty that drew outrage.  A federal search warrant was filed by the FBI in June related to the case against the former officer, […]