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Scott Pack. (Photo courtesy of the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office)

Four investors were awarded nearly $2.5 million in restitution after being defrauded in a black market marijuana trafficking scheme out of Colorado, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced.

The Arapahoe District Court ordered the restitution following a two-day hearing in which scheme leader Scott Pack was found to have taken the investors’ money under false pretenses.

Pack and 19 others were indicted in June 2017 for an illegal marijuana operation in Elizabeth. Investigators uncovered 2,535 pounds of marijuana plants worth more than $5 million at the site.

An investigation discovered that Pack was part of a major drug trafficking organization that illegally cultivated, processed and distributed marijuana to at least five states out of sites in Denver, Elizabeth and Colorado Springs.

The organization used Harmony & Green, a licensed and legal business, to hide its illegal marijuana operations and solicit investors to back the enterprise through fraudulent statements.

Pack and his associates scammed investors out of millions of dollars while Harmony & Green never sold legal marijuana in Colorado, providing only a front for the illegal marijuana trafficking operation.

“It is fitting that Pack’s insatiable greed and disregard for Colorado’s laws has now resulted in the law divesting him of much of his ill-gotten gains,” said District Attorney George Brauchler.

“This is a significant amount of money to pay in restitution, even for a rich California kid who lives at his parents’ property. I am pleased the victims will be provided some of what was taken from them.”

The judge awarded restitution to each investor in the amounts of $199,935, $299,935, $950,000 and $1,050,000.

Pack was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, conspiracy to cultivate marijuana and two counts of securities fraud. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison in July.

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