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Thirty-seven Individuals Charged in Methamphetamine Drug Take Down

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado
141 pounds of methamphetamine seized

DENVER – Thirty-seven individuals have been charged with federal crimes related to methamphetamine drug trafficking in two separate indictments unsealed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, announced U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer, DEA Special Agent in Charge William T. McDermott, and Colorado State Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman.  The indictments were issued by a Federal Grand Jury on April 19, 2018, and May 2, 2018, and unsealed today as arrest warrants were served throughout the metro Denver area, as well as in California and Arizona. 

As described in two separate indictments, the drug conspiracy operated within the State of Colorado from dates spanning back as far as July 1, 2015.  Separate charges against individual defendants include conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, knowingly or intentionally distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, intentionally using a communications device in causing or facilitating the commission of a drug felony, and money laundering. 

“Meth ravages and ruins the precious lives of too many Coloradans,” said U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer.  “Taking out 37 dealers, taking this kind of weight out of our suffering communities, is a major public safety victory. And it’s one we only got because of the exceptional work and partnership we have with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the DEA, and many other law enforcement agencies.”

“Today’s bust is another indication that the profitability of dealing drugs in the U.S. invites cartels and criminals into our communities,” said Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. “Along with its law enforcement partners, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office will keep the heat on drug traffickers doing business in our state.  But until we effectively reduce demand for these potent and deadly drugs, we will be fighting symptoms and consequences rather than stopping the problem.”

“With the methamphetamine, heroin and the opioid epidemic ravaging the country, this unified effort reflects the partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement in combating this issue to protect the citizens of Colorado,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge William T. McDermott.  “The arrests of these 37 defendants will disrupt the flow of drugs into Colorado, California and Arizona.  The Denver OCDETF Strike Force will continue its mission in targeting, disrupting and dismantling the highest levels of transnational criminal organizations.” 

“This case is one of many examples of how local, state and federal partners work together to combat drug crimes,” said ATF Denver Special Agent in Charge Debbie Livingston. “Supporting our federal, state and local partners is always a priority for ATF.”

The Denver OCDETF Strike Force Group led today’s operation, which successfully arrested 25 individuals.  Others are presently at large.  The Strike Force includes investigators from the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office, DEA, HSI, FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and was supported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Other law enforcement agencies assisted in making today’s arrests.  These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Podolak.

The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


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Updated May 9, 2018

Drug Trafficking