MAY 02 (DENVER) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Western Colorado Drug Task Force, Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), and the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office have completed the first phase of an investigation that has resulted in the seizure of significant amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine and a grand jury indictment of 36 defendants.
The four month investigation identified a drug trafficking organization that imported methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico into western Colorado, California, Kansas, and Nevada. To date, 25 people are in custody, and 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 9 pounds of cocaine, $144,300 cash, 9 firearms, and 8 vehicles have been seized during the execution of search warrants related to the arrests.
Among those indicted by the grand jury are the following individuals:
Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper stated, “We are fortunate to have a highly skilled contingent of professional drug investigators here in western Colorado that works tirelessly to track down criminals bringing illegal drugs into our area. This case is the culmination of months of hard work, and shows just how complex and widespread these drug trafficking investigations can be. Our citizens can be very proud of the work that went into this difficult case.”
The investigation continues, with more arrests and seizures anticipated.