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A court has handed down a combined 68 years of prison time to members of one of Northern Colorado’s largest-ever drug networks.

Thirty-three people were indicted as part of Operation White Out in fall 2011. The ring operated an estimated three to five years and ran as much as $1 million worth of cocaine through Fort Collins each month, according to previous reports from the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force and Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Alan Johnson

 Alan Johnson

The drug network used homes and businesses across Fort Collins to distribute as much as 20 kilograms of cocaine and other drugs, as well as varying amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana, each month.

The ring was brought down through a cooperative investigation among Northern Colorado law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The cases were heard in 8th Judicial District Judge Julie Field’s court.

The grand-jury indictment was filed Sept. 30, 2011. During raids conducted that October, investigators with the drug task force seized 5 pounds of cocaine, a pound of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of marijuana, 15 firearms and $90,000 in cash. About 10 vehicles were also seized, according to the drug task force.

Investigators said drugs were moved from New Mexico and distributed among Larimer County communities and Greeley and as far as Wyoming and Montana.

Anthony Harvey

Anthony Harvey
Daniel Galvan

Daniel Galvan
Horacio Bugarin 

Horacio Bugarin



Some members of the drug ring are suspected of trading drugs for guns.

Operation White Out

Operation White Out was executed in fall 2011 to bust a cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana distribution organization based in Northern Colorado.


Indicted: 33

Guilty pleas: 23Cases pending: 7

Convicted at trial: 1

Deportations: 1 (Mexico)

Dismissed: 1

Key players

Anthony Harvey (identified ringleader)

Pleaded guilty to organized-crime racketeering and distribution of cocaine. Sentenced to 16 years in prison, the highest sentence that resulted from Operation White Out; now at Bent County Correctional Facility.

Alexander Oram

Pleaded guilty to organized-crime racketeering. Sentenced to five years of intense, supervised probation and 100 hours of community service.

Stuart Knowles

Pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Parties agreed to a probation sentence.

Abdon Loya-Sanchez

Pleaded guilty to organized-crime racketeering and distribution of cocaine. Sentencing set for March 5.

Horacio Bugarin

Pleaded guilty to organized-crime racketeering and distribution of methamphetamine. Sentenced to 10 years in prison; now at Crowley County Correctional Facility.

Alan Johnson

The only case to go to trial. Convicted at trial this week on 20 counts including trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine, organized-crime racketeering and more. Sentencing set for April 5 in Larimer County Courtroom 3B.

Daniel Galvan

Pleaded guilty to organized-crime racketeering and distributing cocaine. Sentenced to 10 years in prison; now at Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility.

Other players

Others in the case received anywhere from one to 12 years in prison, or community corrections or probation. Cocaine-distribution charges were dismissed against Kamal Patterson because prosecutors felt they couldn’t prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, attorney general spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler said.



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