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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Aurora Man Sentenced to 11.5 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine and for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

DENVER -- Peter Trujillo, 33, of Aurora, Colorado, was sentenced today to 138 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore.  Trujillo previously pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  The prison sentence will be followed by a five-year term of supervised release.

Trujillo sold methamphetamine and firearms to undercover ATF agents in November and December 2017, during four separate meetings in Denver County.  He sold a total of nine firearms ranging from pistols to AR-15-style rifles, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine.  Trujillo was legally prohibited from possessing firearms due to his 2012 Colorado felony conviction for identity theft.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to keeping the dangerous mixture of illicit drugs and guns from our streets,” said Deputy U.S. Attorney J. Chris Larson.  “Harsh penalties await those like Mr. Trujillo who seek to profit by putting our communities in peril.”

“Those who bring violence and dangerous drugs into our communities will be met not only with every resource ATF has, but also with the skill and dedication of all of our partners at the Department of Justice,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge David Booth.

Trujillo is the second and last defendant to be sentenced in connection with this case.  Co-defendant Patrick Sweeter was sentenced in April 2021 to a year and a day of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, following his guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation in this case.  This matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Aaron M. Teitelbaum.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Case Number:  20-cr-197-RM                                 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated June 15, 2021