DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has obtained an indictment for 33 individuals involved in an enterprise that trafficked methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and other controlled substances throughout northern Colorado.
“Toppling this extensive drug-distribution enterprise is a major triumph for law enforcement and the people of the state of Colorado,” Suthers said. “The Northern Colorado Drug Task Force’s hard work has removed a major drug-trafficking organization from northern Colorado and taken large multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana off the streets of Colorado.”
“Several members of this drug trafficking organization have been operating in our area for years and at their peak, were responsible for importing 10 to 20 kilos of cocaine per month along with multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine,” Sgt. Gary Shaklee of the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force said. “We also learned during this investigation that several key players were actively trading and selling guns in exchange for drugs.”
“Operation WHITEOUT resulted in the disruption and dismantlement of a significant cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking group which harmed the health and welfare of our most vulnerable citizens. We are pleased to partner with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and Northern Colorado Drug Task Force in this enforcement effort,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Kevin R. Merrill of the DEA Denver Field Division.
According to the 94-count indictment, this organization trafficked drugs primarily in the Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland area and is also suspected of distributing drugs as far north as Montana.
The enterprise, headed by Anthony Harvey (DOB: 5/13/1976), is suspected of using multiple cell phones and communicating in code to conceal its trafficking operation. Each of the ringleaders could face up to 24 years in prison or up to $1 million in fines if convicted of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a class-two felony.
Law enforcement recovered five pounds of cocaine, one pound of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of marijuana, 15 firearms and more than $90,000 in cash from the enterprise during this several month investigation.
The Office of the Attorney General secured the indictment following an investigation by the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Larimer County District Attorney’s Office will assist the Office of the Attorney General in prosecuting the case.