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17 people indicted in alleged meth bust

Connecticut residents might be interested to learn about a recent methamphetamine bust in Adams County, Colorado. On Sept. 22, the attorney general announced that 17 people had been detained and 55 pounds of methamphetamine had been seized following a five-week investigation into an alleged drug ring known as the Gonzalez Drug Trafficking Organization.

According to authorities, the individuals were indicted on 64 criminal counts, including conspiracy, money laundering, tax evasion and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The group is also accused of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act for allegedly coordinating with each other to import methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico and distribute it in Colorado.

The indictment claims that a 37-year-old man was the leader of the criminal enterprise. His 50-year-old and 54-year-old aunts are also accused of being the main drug distributors in the ring. A 39-year-old woman who was an alleged ring member has been cited for supposedly selling methamphetamine from a taco trailer that she operated in Denver. Law enforcement agencies that worked on the investigation used five wiretaps during the operation. They have claimed that the search and seizure has put a significant dent in methamphetamine trafficking in Adams County.

Individuals charged as a result of a broad drug trafficking investigation like this one may wish to consult an attorney about possible defense strategies. The attorney could look into any wiretaps and other covert investigation methods that were used to determine if police acted within their legal limits. If police did not act lawfully at points during the investigation, some of the evidence or information that was obtained may be suppressed.

Source: NBC, "Denver Food Truck Sold Tacos With a 'Side of Meth,' AG Says," Daniel Arkin, Sept. 22, 2014

Source: FOX 31, "Drug ring offered ‘side of meth’ out of Denver food truck", Will C. Holden, September 22, 2014

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