Methamphetamine ring busted

Posted: 15th June 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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A federal grand jury in Denver returned two separate indictments charging a total of 22 defendants with crimes related to the trafficking of methamphetamine and international money laundering, according to a press release from the office of the United States Attorney, District of Colorado.

Armando Mendoza-Haro, of Northglenn; Cris Anthony Sandoval, of Lakewood; and Todd Joseph Trujillo, of Westminster, were among the 22 who were indicted and arrested on May 30.

 The arrest and indictments are the result of a more than a year of work by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, known as Dark Angel.

The task force’s Strike Force is made up of agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration; the FBI; the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Homeland Security Investigations; the IRS – Criminal Investigations; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Colorado State Patro;, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; and the Aurora, Denver, Fort Collins and Lakewood police departments.

The investigation targeted the Armando Mendoza-Haro drug-trafficking organization, which paid drivers from a trucking company to move meth and money from California to Colorado.

The press release says the participants laundered money by depositing the meth proceeds into various bank accounts in small amounts to avoid bank reporting requirements. Wire transfers to move the money were also frequently used.

The first indictment involves 11 defendants and 135 counts, according to the release, while the second involves an additional 11 defendants and 22 counts. Officers seized more than 6 pounds of meth, $715,340 in currency and property, two motor vehicles and one firearm.

If convicted, the defendants face penalties ranging from not less than 10 years and up to life in federal prison, to not less than 5 years and up to 20 years, depending on the amount of drugs they trafficked.

Some also face not more than 20 years for money laundering and/or other trafficking charges.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary Phillips and Kasandra Carleton.



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