DENVER - Want a side of meth with your taco?
Attorney General John Suthers says a multi-agency meth bust known as "Operation Cargo" has busted a methamphetamine ring that included a food truck at 8th and Federal.
"Customers could literally walk up to a food truck and order a side of meth with their taco," Suthers said. "The brazenness of this ring was astounding."
Suthers' office said 17 people have been indicted and the task force's seizure of meth was one of the largest single incidents of methamphetamine seizure by law enforcement in state history. The task force included the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Metro Drug Task Force, the Adams County District Attorney’s Office, the Thornton Police Department and the Denver Police Department. Prosecutors said some of the seized meth was found in the floor of a red Mini Cooper.
"After conducting five wiretaps over five weeks, fifty-five pounds of meth was taken off the streets," Suthers said.
Prosecutors said Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 37, was the leader of the group. Prosecutors said he is accused of importing meth as well as cocaine from Mexico into California for delivery to Colorado.
"According to the indictment, upon receipt of the drugs, Gonzalez would distribute them primarily through his aunts, Monica Gonzalez and Luz Gonzalez as well as to others in the ring to sell," officials said. "Maria Arellano is accused of selling the meth out of her taco trailer located at 8th and Federal Avenue in Denver."