Attorney General announces 16-year prison sentence for leader of meth-trafficking ring

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Larimer County District Court judge has sentenced Gabriel Farias-Chavez (DOB: 3/15/1983) to 16 years in prison for his role in trafficking up to 50 pounds worth of methamphetamine per month into the Denver metro area and other parts of the state between March 1, 2010 and July 15, 2010. A Larimer County District Court judge previously sentenced Ramon Chavez (DOB: 3/5/1980), the other ringleader, to 24 years in prison.

According to the indictment, obtained in September 2010, Farias-Chavez and Chavez moved as much as 30 to 50 pounds of methamphetamine per month directly from Mexico into the Denver-metro area and Larimer County.

“Methamphetamine has inflicted a staggering toll on Coloradans and communities throughout the state,” Suthers said. “The sentences we obtained in this drug-trafficking case underline the excellent results interagency cooperation can bear for the people of Colorado.”

“This is a great example of local, state and federal agencies working together to identify, target and prosecute large scale drug trafficking organizations operating in our community,” said Sgt. Gary Shaklee of the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force. “We feel the sentences handed down in this case should send a clear message to those involved in the sale of illegal controlled substances in our area that it will not be tolerated. Illegal drug trafficking, possession or use is not a victimless crime. Countless citizens are victimized when dealers/users resort to criminal acts such as identity theft, robberies, burglaries, thefts and pawn related crimes to support their habits.”

“The prosecution by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the sentencing of these defendants represent a full dismantlement of a significant methamphetamine network operating between Colorado and Mexico,” said Special Agent in Charge Barbra M. Roach of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Denver Field Division. “We are privileged to partner in this investigation and enforcement effort with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force.”

The Office of the Attorney General obtained the indictment for Farias-Chavez and Chavez with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force. The Office of the Attorney General prosecuted the case in cooperation with the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office.

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