International meth trafficking ring busted in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. - Federal agents and local police have busted an international trafficking that smuggled methamphetamine from Mexico to Pueblo.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it seized 66 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of over $3 million.

"It's certainly Mexican meth. It’s all cartel driven," DEA Resident Agent in Charge Matthew Barden told KRDO-TV.

"Probably enough [meth] for everybody in Pueblo County to get stoned eight or 10 times," Barden added.

Seven members of the organization were arrested last weekend.

Henry Loya, 32, described as the head of a meth trafficking cell in San Francisco, was identified as a source of the supply for the Pueblo Drug Trafficking Organization.

Anthony Caro, 35, is being called the head of the cell in Pueblo. Caro was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on what investigators say was a drug run from Las Vegas, Nev., to Pueblo.

Investigators say along with the meth, 189 grams of heroin, $111,000 in cash and 16 vehicles were seized, the TV station reported. Thirteen guns were also seized, seven of which were described as stolen.

The investigation lasted more than 13 months, during which time investigators picked the drug trafficking organization a part, piece by piece.

"The guys and gals told us that we absolutely crushed them, crippled them with seizing their drugs," Barden told KRDO-TV.

Authorities said the traffickers also used the U.S. mail to smuggle meth into Pueblo. Last month, the U.S. Postal Service seized 28 pounds of meth that was hidden in corn starch containers.

"The corn starch was taken out, meth, about a pound each, was put back inside of [the container] and resealed," Barden said.

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