How an Inside Tip Nearly Botched Colorado's Largest Marijuana Bust

June 26 2009, 1:12 PM

When news broke last week that Dan Tang, owner of the popular Heaven Dragon restaurant in Thornton, had been arrested and charged with money laundering in a massive metro-area marijuana bust, news organizations were quick to point out Tang's heavy-hitting political associations. There was no doubting that Tang's campaign contributions--to pols from the White House to the Colorado Statehouse--were "toxic" (via 5280). Now, Westword's Joel Warner has discovered that "several local politicians, prosecutors associated with the case and at least one North Metro officer have relationships with Tang--or his money," in an investigation that details Tang's takedown--and how it's been compromised.