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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 2, 2022

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 7 Southern Colorado Residents on Drug and Weapon Charges

DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces the indictments of Leonard Singleton, age 44; Jaime Sanchez, age 39; Gabriel Sanchez, age 36; Jose Baeza, age 39; Stephanie Barker, age 38; Leanne Wilson, age 25; and Augustine Gallegos, age 36, after a 10-month federal investigation into drug trafficking in Colorado Springs.

According to the indictment, all of the defendants conspired to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. In addition, Gabriel Sanchez, Jaime Sanchez, and Augustine Gallegos are accused of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Jose Baeza is accused of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Singleton is also accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and knowingly receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm. Stephanie Barker and Leanne Wilson are accused of having knowledge of the commission of a felony and concealing it.

Jaime Sanchez, Jose Baeza, Leanne Wilson and Augustine Gallegos made their initial appearances before Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on Nov. 17, 2022. Leonard Singleton made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on Nov. 18, 2022. Gabriel Sanchez has not yet been arrested and is considered a fugitive.

The charges contained in the indictment are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Denver Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Rocky Mountain Division, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD). The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Alyssa Mance.

“This is an example of how the FBI works with state, federal and local partners to break up criminal organizations and make communities safer,” said FBI Denver Acting Special Agent in Charge Matthew Fodor. “We are proud of this successful collaboration and will continue to work with these and other partners where a need for FBI resources and expertise is identified.”

“The success of this joint investigation is truly based on the strong relationships we have with our federal, state and local law enforcement counterparts throughout Colorado,” said DEA Rocky Mountain Division Special Agent in Charge Brian Besser.  “The DEA Rocky Mountain Division is committed to making this region a safer place to live and work and it is because of this strong collaboration with FBI, CBI and CSPD that we are able to say we’ve done that today.”

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: 22-CR-00345-RM

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Deborah Takahara Public Affairs Specialist deborah.takahara@usdoj.gov
Updated December 2, 2022