Two Glenwood brothel suspects sentenced
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Colorado Attorney General announced Wednesday that eight of the 15 defendants indicted in the 2009 statewide brothel operation and cocaine distribution ring have pleaded guilty, so far.
Two Glenwood Springs men are included in the eight who have already pleaded guilty.
Cristobal Berron Ocampo, 28, and Isidro Cortes-Sanchez, 35, both pleaded guilty to one count each of pandering, a class-five felony, in October of last year. They were originally charged with pimping. Both received one-year prison sentences, and two years of mandatory parole after their release.
Authorities are still searching for the third Glenwood Springs suspect, Efrain Barajas-Castro, 30, according to Attorney General’s office.
All three men were named in the indictment for operating a brothel at a motel in West Glenwood.
Most recently, Jose Antonio Vigueras-Nolasco, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of pimping, a class-three felony on Monday. He was sentenced to four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Vigueras-Nolasco’s plea was the latest in the string of guilty pleas and prison sentences dating back to August 2009.
The ringleader Sonia Montoya-Cadena, 55, pleaded guilty to two counts of pimping in September 2009, and received an eight-year prison sentence, according to the attorney general’s office.
According to the indictment, the prostitution and pimping ring, known as “Mi Casa Su Casa” operated brothels between Dec. 30, 2006, and April 16, 2009 at nine locations in Denver, and one each in Longmont and Glenwood Springs.
At each location, according to the indictment, the brothels would collect $40 to $50 from patrons in exchange for 15 minutes of sex. After patrons paid, they would receive a glass bead or other token to show payment.
All 15 defendants indicted in the statewide Grand Jury were illegally in the United States at the time of their arrests.
The Attorney General’s Office reported that, six of the 15 defendants’ cases are still pending in Denver District Court. Charges for one defendant, Laura Yilescas, 52, were dismissed.
The report stated that Barajas-Castro and Ocampo were co-owners of the Glenwood brothel, which operated between October 2008 and April 2009. Cortes-Sanchez was listed as a “watchmen” at the brothel, who would collect money, explain the arrangement to clients, and supervise the activities.
The indictment claimed that the Denver area brothels would split the money between the prostitutes, while the other half would go to Montoya-Cadena. Watchmen were then paid a portion of the brothel’s proceeds.
The investigation was headed by the Denver Police Department. Glenwood Police participated in the arrests of the two Glenwood suspects.