Attorney General Announces Statewide Grand Jury Indictment Of 15 Involved In Extensive, Multistate Cocaine-Distribution Network

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted 15 individuals on suspicion of running a cocaine ring that extended throughout the Denver metro area, northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. The indictment is focused on conduct occurring between March 2009 and June 2009.

The Statewide Grand Jury indicted the members of the cocaine ring — Celestino Marquez
(DOB: 3/1/1986), Michael Celia-Leahey (DOB: 3/14/1987), Jorge Munoz-Hernandez (DOB: 10/3/1976), Fernando Collado-Garcia (DOB: 10/9/1982), George Alberto Lopez (DOB: 7/10/1982), Hilario “Junior” Rodela (DOB: 8/1/1980), Fernando “Mr. Tylenol” Salas (DOB: 6/8/1988), Jose “Martin” Rosales-Melendez (DOB: 6/20/1983), Kyle Michalka (DOB: 4/27/1986), Jose “Chulo Viejo” Cordoba-Segura (DOB: 5/26/1971), Mario “Guero” Olague (DOB: 7/20/1982), Allan Ryan Scott (DOB: 8/12/1985), Erasmo Navarro-Silva (DOB: 11/25/1965), Mario Chavez (DOB: 5/23/1990), and Louis Knapp
(DOB: 4/30/1977) — on 44 felonies stemming from their enterprise. Twelve of the suspects were indicted on suspicion of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a class-two felony.

“Toppling this extensive cocaine ring is a major triumph for law enforcement and the people of the state of Colorado,” Suthers said. “This take-down should serve as a reminder that we are working hard to keep illegal drugs off our streets and the people that distribute them behind bars.”

According to the indictment, the Office of the Attorney General learned of the cocaine ring, which was based out of Brighton and Fort Lupton residences, during the course of a multistate investigation into cocaine distribution in Colorado and Wyoming. Through an extensive investigation, law enforcement learned the drug ring was moving large quantities of cocaine through metro Denver and northern Colorado.

Prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General and the Adams County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the 15 suspects in Adams County District Court. The Longmont Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit and the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force assisted the Office of the Attorney General throughout the investigation.

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