DENVER - More than 300 federal, state and local law enforcement agents fanned out across Colorado Friday and arrested 28 people believed to be connected with two separate drug distribution rings.
The suspects are among 54 people indicted by a federal grand jury on drug, weapons and prostitution related charges.
“Make no mistake,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh, “as a result of the raids that took place today, Colorado is a safer place. Gangs that traffic in drugs also traffic in violence, whether it’s through intimidation and fear, or the use of actual force.”
Walsh said the first organization indicted has strong ties to the Gangster Disciples, a street gang that originated in Chicago. He said the second organization, the Gonzalez-Cepeva/Quintero group, has direct ties to source of drugs in northern Mexico.
The organizations that were busted trafficked in cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.
“What we have here is essentially a full service drug operation,” Walsh said. “Almost any kind of drug that someone might desire, these organizations were in the practice of acquiring and selling.”
In addition to the arrests, agents and officers recovered two pounds of methamphetamine, about $40,000 in cash, and two firearms. These seizures were in addition to evidence found during the earlier states of the investigation.
Overall, investigators have recovered 19,329 gross grams of meth, 614 gross grams of cocaine, 11 gross grams of heroin, 6.5 gross grams of Ecstasy, and 18,287 gross grams of marijuana. In addition, 13 guns, two cars and $94,825 cash was recovered, not counting the items seized today.