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A drug dealer named “Outlaw” who funneled drugs from Texas, Nevada and California to Colorado was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison after he was caught selling large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in Greeley.

Miguel Angel Velasquez, 28, and twelve others accused in the drug operation were indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2010.

He pleaded guilty on April 21 and was sentenced on Tuesday.

The cases of his co-defendants have been resolved except for two people who remain fugitives, according to the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s office.

Investigators from the Greeley Police Department and the Weld County Drug Task Force were tipped off by a confidential informant that Velasquez was dealing drugs. The agents did undercover sales with Velasquez and the quantities increases with each sale. On Sept. 29, 2009 agents say they bought two ounces of cocaine, a quarter ounce of methamphetamine and a firearm from him.

Investigators found out Velasquez was sending couriers with money to California to bring back drugs. Authorities say Velasquez also went to Texas with a female co-defendant to get more drugs.

On Nov. 23, 2009, the woman was stopped by police traveling from California with 6.3 pounds of methamphetamine that was 100 percent pure with an estimated street value of $300,000.

“This lengthy prison sentence demonstrates one simple fact, that drug dealing will lead to prison,” U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in a news release. “Thanks to the hard work of all involved, including the Assistant U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the Greeley Police Department, the Weld County Drug Task Force, and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office, multiple drug dealers have been removed from the streets of Greeley.”

“This investigation and resulting conviction should send a strong message that we continue to work tirelessly with our partners in law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to curtail large-scale drug trafficking in northern Colorado,” said James Yacone, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Denver Division Field Office.

“These are the results you get when agencies work together, and we intend to do this into the future,” said Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner.

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