Two men indicted on 169-counts in alleged Denver-area synthetic cannabinoid enterprise

John Swanson, Michael Whitney
John Swanson, Michael Whitney

Two men have been indicted on 169 counts in an alleged synthetic cannabinoid enterprise that operated in the Denver area and across state lines and which authorities say included the manufacture, distribution and sale of laced herbal cigarettes.

Michael Jamal Whitney, 35, and John Palmer Swanson, 33, are accused of a litany of charges, including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act.

Other counts in the indictment include money laundering and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “spice.”

The 120-page indictment was announced Wednesday by more at