Bond may be granted for Colombian arrested for gun possession during Denver drug raids

DENVER - Bond will be granted for the Colombian arrested for illegal gun possession during drug raids in the Denver metro area, but the judge is requiring several conditions be met.

Prosecutors say Hector Diaz, 49, was found with five assault rifles, one shotgun and five handguns, as well as a large cache of ammunition inside a home in Cherry Hills Village.

Diaz was arrested when Drug Enforcement Administration agents, in partnership with several state and local law enforcement agencies, executed 16 search warrants as part of what officials called, "an ongoing criminal investigation."

The Denver Post first reported that the raided locations were marijuana businesses that are being investigated for a possible connection to Colombian drug cartels.

Before Diaz can be released from custody, U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer is requiring him to put up $25,000 cash bond. If he can do that, Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Dorschner said Shaffer ordered Diaz will be kept on GPS monitoring in a short-term apartment and, once arranged, long-term housing.

Diaz, who is in the U.S. legally but did surrender his passport, is also forbidden from contacting the Colombian Consulate or any official for the purpose of obtaining a Passport or travel document. Diaz is also forbidden from contacting any witness or target in this case.

He is due to return to court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing and bond status conference.

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