Eleven people from the Western Slope linked to Mexican Drug Cartel

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Today the United States Attorney's Office announced the indictment of 11 Western Slope residents. Federal officials believe the 11 are members or associates of the La Familia Drug Trafficking Organization.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute and the distribution of cocaine.

Of the 11, only six have been charged. Five remain at large.

The arrests stem from a nation-wide operation known as "Coronado" which is aimed at the takedown of La Familia Cartel members across the United States.

In Colorado, the operation has seized eight kilograms of cocaine, three pounds of meth, and $313,785 of U.S currency.

According to the United States Attorney's Office, nationwide, the investigation has seized 11.7 tons of narcotics during the 44 month multi-agency investigation. A total of 303 individuals in 19 states were arrested by more than 3,000 agents and officers.

Specifically, to date, nationally, Project Coronado has led to the arrest of 1,186 individuals and the seizure of approximately $32.8 million in U.S. currency, and approximately 2,710 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,999 kilograms of cocaine, 29 pounds of heroin, 16,390 pounds of marijuana, 389 weapons, and 269 vehicles.

Per the Department of Justice, The defendants charged are:
1. Salvador Vera-Figueroa, 37, of Nogales, Mexico **FUGITIVE**
2. Emanuel Pimintel, 19, of Tucson, Ariz. **FUGITIVE**
3. Martin Pimintel, 45, of Tucson, Ariz. **ARRESTED**
4. Rosalie Aide Quijada, 27, of Tucson, Ariz. **ARRESTED**
5. Tiburcio Delgadillo-Martinez, 33, of New Castle, Colo. **ARRESTED**
6. Salvador Delgadillo-Alvarez, 29, of New Castle, Colo. **ARRESTED**
7. Araceli Topete, age unknown, of Mexico **FUGITIVE**
8. Lucio Topete-Hernandez, age 49, of Mexico **FUGITIVE**
9. Daniel Velaszquez-Guerrero, age 36, of Pontiac, Mich. **FUGITIVE**
10. Justin Skipski, age 28, of Rifle, Colo. **ARRESTED**
11. Jorge Rosales-Acevedo, age 28, of New Castle, Colo. **ARRESTED**

Mexican authorities say they’ve just arrested two leaders of the La Familia drug cartel.

The men were arrested with four others in Michoacana in Western Mexico.

Police said one of the leaders supervised hit men and the other controlled an area around Morelia City.

Police believe the two leaders were involved in the murder of the Deputy State Public Security Minister and two of his bodyguards.

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