Attorney General John Suthers Announces Grand Jury Indictments

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury returned indictments against the following individuals:DAVID FELIX TORREZ, WATERFLOW, NM (9/24/1947) BRUCE KEVIN LEBARTHE, DURANGO, CO (7/29/1966)

KATRINA HENNEBERGER, DURANGO, CO (8/12/1968)

ASHLEY NICOLE HARDWICK, DURANGO, CO (7/16/1982)

RAYMOND ORLANDO RASCON, CHAMA, NM (2/23/1957)

ISABELLE GLORIA ALBO, DURANGO, CO (10/30/1967)

LYNDA RUSSELL, BLOOMFIELD, NM (4/26/1949)

RONALD WILLIAMSON, MANCOS, CO (9/11/1962)

WENDY SUE THOMAS, DURANGO, CO (9/28/1967)

BYRON FISH, CORTEZ, CO (7/26/1971)

RAY RAMSEY, CORTEZ, CO (2/6/1947)

JASON HEATH BIZZELL, KIRTLAND, NM (11/08/1971)

JAYDEE RUSSELL, BLOOMFIELD, NM (8/14/1967)

WILLIAM THOMAS RIDDLE, DURANGO, CO (12/6/1973)

ROBERT G. THOMAS, DURANGO, CO (12/19/1963)

MICHAEL J. GREER, MARVEL, CO (3/29/1971)

EDWIN SCOTT FULBRIGHT, MANCOS, CO (3/08/1970)

LEVI LEWIS FULBRIGHT, MANCOS, CO (3/29/1972)

DESTRI STORM TUCKER, CORTEZ, CO (11/20/1971)

GARY LYNN PIERCE (4/23/1957)

The indictments stem from a series of automobile and heavy equipment thefts that occurred in the Four Corners area in 2004 and 2005.  Over twenty motor vehicles, valued at approximately $300,000, were taken from both Colorado and New Mexico and were then traded for methamphetamine.  This criminal enterprise centered around selling methamphetamine that is believed to have been imported from Mexico.  These individuals were charged with various crimes including Racketeering in violation of Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Intimidating a Witness, Witness Tampering, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, and Distribution of Methamphetamine.  This eighteen month investigation was collaboration between the Office of the Attorney General, the Colorado State Patrol, the Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the Southwest Drug Task Force.  Significant investigative assistance was also provided by the San Juan County New Mexico Sheriff’s office, the Farmington Police Department, and the Region II Drug Task Force in New Mexico.  The cases will be tried in the La Plata County District Court in the Sixth Judicial District.  The organized crime charges carry a potential penalty of up to 48 years in prison.

Attorney General Suthers said “This indictment is another example of how methamphetamine infects our communities with all kinds of criminal activity.  This drug is a major problem in Colorado and it must be attacked with a coordinated effort of law enforcement and community involvement.”

District Attorney for the 6th Judicial District, Craig Westberg, stated, “When we here in rural Colorado think of organized crime, we have the stereotypical view of that activity happening only in larger metro areas.  It is alarming that the methamphetamine epidemic has spawned such extensive criminal activity here in Southwest Colorado; we appreciate the efforts of Mr. Suthers’ Office, and look forward to working with his attorneys in prosecuting this series of cases.  This is the first time that a Statewide Grand Jury Indictment has been venued in Durango, and given the large number of Defendants, will be a large undertaking for everyone involved. This process permits us to try Defendants whose criminal activities cover a broader geographical area than would ordinarily be the case, but have committed one or more of their crimes in Southwest Colorado in furtherance of the overall criminal enterprise.”
As with all criminal charges and indictments, the defendants named above are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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