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Colorado Springs Man Convicted of Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces a federal jury found Thomas O’Hara II, age 56, of Colorado Springs, guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

According to facts presented at trial, on June 1, 2021, the Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Rocky Mountain Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Colorado Springs Police Department executed several search warrants in the Colorado Springs area. At O’Hara’s residence, investigators recovered one-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of heroin, approximately 800 fentanyl pills, two loaded handguns, and drug trafficking paraphernalia. At O’Hara’s wife’s apartment, investigators found and seized $112,027 in cash and additional drug trafficking paraphernalia. Finally, at a third residence associated with O’Hara, investigators located six-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine.

Judge William J. Martinez presided over the 6-day trial, which ended on March 1, 2023. The defendant will be sentenced on October 25, 2023. Each count of which the defendant was convicted carries a sentence of no less than 10 years and up to life in prison. The jury found the defendant not guilty of possessing heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute them.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI Denver Division, DEA Rocky Mountain Division, and the Colorado Springs Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Peter McNeilly and Alexander Duncan.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses 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: 21-cr-190-WJM-1


Deborah Takahara
Public Affairs Specialist

Updated March 3, 2023

Drug Trafficking