DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers and First Judicial District Attorney Scott Storey today announced a statewide grand jury indictment of 29 individuals – including several suspected illegal aliens – for transporting and selling cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. The defendants have been indicted on 86-counts spread over two indictments, including charges of Racketeering in Violation of Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.
“Today, we’ve dealt a significant blow to the illicit drug trade in Colorado,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “By targeting high-level drug distribution rings such as this one, we’re keeping large quantities of drugs off the streets, and making our communities safer.”
“The West Metro Drug Task Force did an excellent job with this investigation,” District Attorney Scott Storey said. “Breaking up this drug ring will have an impact but drug trafficking into and throughout the United States continues to be a major problem. We must remain vigilant in our attempts to stop the flow of narcotics into Colorado.”
The indictments allege that the 29 individuals were involved in a sprawling drug distribution system, spanning several states and Mexico. The defendants are accused of transporting cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs into the state of Colorado, using “drug mules” and specially modified cars. Once the product had reached Colorado, the ring allegedly had a complicated system of dispatchers who arranged pick-up times and locations for interested buyers – oftentimes lower-level drug dealers themselves.
During several drug raids conducted between June and November of 2007, authorities uncovered several pounds of drugs, a number of guns, and tens-of-thousands of dollars in cash. In one such raid on November 7, officers uncovered 1,343 grams of heroin, and 852 grams of cocaine at a “stash house,” located at 14806 E. 2nd Ave., Building G-107, in Aurora. Some of the drugs were separated into smaller quantities and were packaged in “balloons” (approximated two-tenths of a gram) for sale to customers.
On August 29, local law enforcement uncovered a handgun, approximately $32,000 in cash, 16.5 grams of cocaine, and more than 850 grams of methamphetamine in searches of 101 E. 88th Avenue, Building P, Thornton, and 1875 West 50th Avenue in Denver. The former address was also identified as a stash house.
Members of the organization were also found to be transporting drugs on numerous occasions. During an incident on July 13, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol stopped defendant Teena Padilla. The officers discovered one-and-a-half pounds of heroin in the soles a pair of Timerland boots worn by her daughter, Kaayla Baswell. Baswell admitted to being paid $1500 to transport the drugs. In a separate, August 29 stop by the Colorado State Patrol, five kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in the wheel wells of a car driven by Valentin Martinez-Rodriguez.
The indicted individuals are as follows:
- Valentin Martinez-Rodriguez
- Juan “Paisa” Martinez-Rodriguez
- Tony “Morro” Lopez-Lopez
- Teena Padilla
- Alonzo Martinez-Rodriguez
- Heidi Hooper
- Omar “Chimy” Guerra-Neri
- Oscar “Daniel” Lomeli-Lopez
- Jose “Eddie” Heriberto Martinez-Lopez
- Uriel “Alonzo” Lombardi Caldino
- Hugo Martinez-Pasillas
- Jeanette Guerra
- Audrey Torrez
- Daniel Gonzalez
- Delfina Chavez
- Julio Cesar Jimenez-Hdaz
- Juan “Willo” Manuel Carbajal
- Rosalio “Cajeme” Ibarra Sanchez
- Nancy Coss
- Debora Costin
- Kaayla Baswell
- Timothy “Spanky” Mascarenas
- Monica Guardado
- Tina Boguhn
- Omar “Gilantra” Amezquita-Ramirez
- Wendy Henry
- Deirdre Trimble
- Jennifer Brecke
- Marie Montoya
Twenty-six of the twenty-nine individuals are currently in custody. Omar Guerra-Neri, Uriel Lombardi Caldino, and Alonzo Martinez-Rodriguez remain at large. The investigation was conducted by officials from the West Metro Drug Task Force, including the Attorney General’s Office, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and local law enforcement. The cases will be prosecuted in Jefferson County District Court by the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General. It should be noted, any criminal complaint is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty.