Attorney General announces indictment of nine people suspected of trafficking meth in Denver, northern Colorado

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has secure an indictment for Gabriel Farias-Chavez (DOB: 3/15/1983) and Ramon Chavez (DOB: 3/5/1980) and the members of a methamphetamine trafficking ring suspected of moving up to 50 pounds worth of the drug per month into the Denver metro area and other parts of the state between March 1, 2010 and July 15, 2010.

“Methamphetamine has inflicted a staggering toll on Coloradans and communities throughout the state,” Suthers said. “Through the collaboration of my office, the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration, we have disrupted a large-scale drug-trafficking organization. Shutting down this drug-trafficking ring will take a large quantity of this dangerous and destructive drug off the streets and out of Colorado communities.”

“During an eight-month investigation conducted by the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force, detectives learned that the Farias-Chavez drug trafficking organization was responsible for importing as much as 30 to 50 pounds of methamphetamine per month directly from Mexico into the Denver-metro area and Larimer County,” said Sgt. Gary Shaklee of the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force. “This organization utilized a highly sophisticated concealment method of secreting methamphetamine in functioning car batteries to transport the drugs into the country. Once the drugs arrived in Colorado, a cutting agent was added which could easily double or triple the amount of methamphetamine hitting our streets. We believe the dismantling of this organization definitely will impact the short-term availability of methamphetamine in our communities.”

Prosecutors also indicted Juan Ortiz (DOB: 7/20/1972), Arnoldo “Monra” Alvarez-Gonzalez
(DOB: 10/23/1978), Gilbert Garcia (DOB: 7/15/1981), Jacquelyn Allen (DOB: 3/30/1981), Carrie Holme (DOB: 12/28/1979), David Crank (DOB: 7/14/1977) and Juan Lopez-Baltazar (DOB: 5/25/1982) for their suspected roles in assisting in the trafficking of methamphetamine.

The Office of the Attorney General obtained the indictment with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force. Prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General and the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office will present their cases against the defendants in Larimer County District Court.

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