11 arrested in massive drug investigations
DENVER ” Nearly a dozen people are facing charges after authorities in several Colorado cities worked to break up drug trafficking operations.
Police officers with multi-agency drug task forces made the arrests after investigations that took months to complete. In addition to seizing methamphetamine, they confiscated cash and weapons, including assault rifles.
In northern Colorado, police believe suspects were involved in a ring that imported methamphetamine from California and Denver for sale in Larimer and Weld counties.
During an April 18 raid, the officers arrested eight people in Greeley, Fort Collins and Aurora, and seized $16,000 in cash and 15 firearms.
“It is believed that members of this drug trafficking organization have been active in this area for many years, and that these arrests will have a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network,” Lt. Jerry Schiager, commander of the Larimer County Task Force, said in a statement issued Friday.
In Grand Junction, authorities arrested one suspect March 25 and confiscated eight pounds of methamphetamine.
Officers in Colorado Springs arrested two others and seized nearly $65,000 in cash and two handguns.
That investigation, which was spearheaded by the Southern Colorado Drug Task Force, began in January. The El Paso County sheriff’s office said investigators believe the organization was smuggling in 40 pounds of methamphetamine each month from Arizona and California.
The suspects were being held in jails in Larimer, Weld and El Paso counties.
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