Meth Ring Bust Nets 9 Arrests

By: Jeff Morrow Email
By: Jeff Morrow Email

Authorities say they have cracked a major meth ring in Grand Junction.

The arrest affidavit describes a joint investigation by DEA officers, Western Colorado Drug Task Force, and the Street Crimes Unit. Nine suspects were arrested in connection with the drug bust.

Robert Hakel is believed to be the ring leader and goes by the nickname "Grandpa". Officers say Rene Soto, an illegal alien, delivered one kilo of meth to Hakel every week from Arizona.

The street value of a kilo of meth is $100,000. A one gram bag of meth the size of a sugar packet would cost 100 dollars.

According to the affidavit Hakel was going to rob Soto after he received his share, by using David York.

York was arrested Wednesday after he had just left Hakel's house. Police say York told them where they could find 2 pounds of meth. Shortly after the arrest of York, task force members arrested Hakel.

The bond for Hakel AKA "Grandpa" is set at $300,000. If Hakel is convicted he could face up to 16 years behind bars.

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