Attorney General announces 45-year prison sentence for leader of 41-person, Metro-wide methamphetamine ring

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an Adams County District Court judge has sentenced Aaron Castro, one of the ringleaders of a 41-person methamphetamine ring, to 45 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

According to the indictment, handed down in August 2009, Castro and his organization distributed multiple-pound quantities of methamphetamine throughout the Denver metro area. These quantities represent as much as 100,000 doses per month. The organization used a complex system to run the drugs throughout the city and collect drug money.

Castro’s sentence today followed his entry of guilty pleas to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a class-two felony; two counts of distribution of a Schedule II substance, both class-three felonies; and criminal extortion, a class-four felony. During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Castro and his codefendants used the proceeds of their drug deals to purchase collector comic books in an attempt to launder the proceeds of the methamphetamine ring.

The North Metro Task Force led the investigation into the methamphetamine ring in collaboration with the West Metro Task Force and with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Office of the Attorney General prosecuted Castro’s case in cooperation with the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.

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