Dozens of alleged Mexican drug traffickers are arrested in Denver (PHOTOS)

The Colorado State Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of dozens of suspected drug traffickers, most of them Mexicans They were ...

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  • The Colorado State Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of dozens of suspected drug traffickers, most of them Mexicans
  • They were charged with causing hundreds of fentanyl overdose deaths in Denver
  • “Colorado communities and families have suffered greatly from the opioid epidemic and that epidemic was made worse by the pandemic”

According to the Efe Agency, This Friday the arrest of dozens of alleged drug traffickers, most of them Mexicans, was announced by the Colorado state prosecutor’s office, they were accused of having caused several deaths by overdose of fentanyl in the Denver area, as well as millions of dollars in other drug distribution and money laundering.

According to prosecutor Phil Weiser, the investigations began in March 2019 and allowed “the dismantling of an international drug gang,” associated with the Mexican cartels, which was dedicated to distributing fake oxycodone pills contaminated with fentanyl.

“The communities and families of Colorado they have suffered greatly from the opioid epidemic and that epidemic was made worse by the pandemic. Therefore, responding to that crisis is the top priority of our office, ”Weiser said at a press conference announcing the arrests and charges.

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THOUSANDS OF FAKE PILLS SEIZED

Federal and state agents, along with local law enforcement, seized 77,000 fake oxycodone pills (with an estimated street value of $ 2.3 million), 110 kilos of methamphetamine, 26 kilos of heroin and 6.8 kilos of cocaine.

The authorities even seized 19 vehicles (all of them with “secret” compartments used to hide drugs when crossing the border from Mexico to the United States), 12 firearms and $ 931,000 in cash.

According to the document with the charges presented by a special jury against the suspects, the leaders of the gang would be José Roberto Moreno Olivas (alias Paul), Víctor Antonio Bautista Cervantes (alias Negri), Jesús Alfredo Valdéz León (alias Alfredo), Baltazar Ibarra Álvarez, and Gildardo Valdéz Cruz (alias Lágrimas).

Another 59 defendants face various charges for crimes they carried out between January 1, 2020 and February 11, 2021, in addition to the possession and distribution of controlled substances and money laundering.

“This is a significant amount of drugs that are no longer circulating on the streets,” said Special Agent Deanne Reuter, from the Denver office of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), emphasizing that, although for the moment the community Colorado “is safe”, the problem of drug trafficking from Mexico continues in this state and throughout the country.

DRUGS OF MEXICO

Mexican drug traffickers arrested Denver. DEA labs confirmed that there were 350 deaths in Denver during 2020, previously considered opioid overdoses, which were actually deaths caused by ingesting deadly dose pills of fentanyl.

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At the national level, the DEA stated that it estimates that those contaminated pills brought from Mexico caused some 80,000 deaths “and the problem continues to grow.”

For his part, prosecutor Weiser indicated that the now defendants used a “sophisticated system” to transfer funds for their money laundering activities, and that an “advanced forensic analysis” was required to determine who was sending money to whom and from what way, and where it came from and where that money was going.

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In most cases, the defendants sent the money to Mexico by electronic transfer or transported it in dollars in cash.

According to Weiser, the investigations continue and there could be more arrests and charges because several cities (Arvada, Colorado Springs) and counties (Adams, El Paso) have not yet completed the investigations and investigations related to this case.

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