Report: Colo. resort probed by feds in intl. drug case

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. - Federal authorities are looking into whether a popular Colorado resort is being used to launder money in an international drug operation.

CBS Denver reports the DEA, FBI, and Homeland Security are probing the possible connection between the Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs and a business in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The resort is owned by the daughters of Bill Whittington and his brother, Don Whittington. The station reports that according to court documents obtained by the Durango Herald, federal agents were seen swarming Don Whittington’s company, World Jet, Monday morning.

According to the affidavit, federal authorities believe Don Whittington was leasing his planes to drug trafficking organizations in South America and Mexico. The same documents say they believe Whittington may have been laundering the money made from those transactions through the Pagosa Springs spa.

A lawyer for the spa and its owners has denied all allegations and so far nobody has been charged with a crime.