36 indicted in massive Western Colo. drug sting

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email

Agencies involved: 

  • Western Colorado Drug Task Force (WCDTF)
  • Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT)
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office
  • Grand Junction Police Department
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
  • Glenwood Springs Police Department
  • Vail Police Department
  • Parachute Police Department
  • Rifle Police Department
  • Carbondale Police Department
  • Meeker Police Department
  • New Castle Police Department
  • Gunnison Police Department
  • Eagle County Special Operations Unit
  • Thomas County, Kansas Attorney’s Office
  • Kansas State Police

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- Law enforcement take down what they call the most organized and sophisticated drug ring in their jurisdiction's history.

Western Colorado agencies gathered at the Mesa County Justice Center Thursday to announce the grand jury indictment of 36 people involved in an international methamphetamine and cocaine operation.

Officials say traffickers brought the drugs from Mexico to Colorado, California, Nevada and the southeast U.S.

In December 2012, law enforcement got a tip that led to the investigation. Agents from the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration and Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team worked with confidential sources, surveillance, wiretaps and more for four months to build enough evidence for arrests.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein says 10 people have been accused for racketeering, and 26 others were indicted for money laundering, distributing and other drug-related charges. Many had a prior criminal history. Twenty-five of the accused are in custody.

The agencies are still seeking arrest warrants for others involved, according to Rubinstein.

In all, law enforcement confiscated ten pounds of meth and nine pounds of cocaine, enough to cripple drug distribution in Western Colorado, officials say. They also seized $144,300, nine guns and eight vehicles during the execution of search warrants.

The people listed on the indictment are as follows:
-- Francisco Peralta-Cabral a.k.a “Pancho”
-- Jose Zepeda-Osuna a.k.a “Primo”
-- Leonel Gonzalez-Gonzalez, a.k.a. “Johnny”
-- Jose Martinez, Ramon Sanchez, a.k.a. “El Bro”
-- Aurelio Flores
-- Antonio Saul Reyes
-- Samuel Serrano
-- Juan Manuel Serrano
-- Shaun Crowell
-- Deziree Fisher
-- Brian Wall
-- Sigifredo Romero-Meraz, a.k.a. “Sigi” or “Flaco”
-- Terrence Lawrence
-- Alex Vargas
-- Garrett Digiallonardo, a.k.a. “Cumbias”
-- Alvaro Carbajal, a.k.a. “Lalo”
-- April Trujillo
-- Brenda Mendoza
-- Danielle Sparks
-- Kelsey Fields
-- Cora Archuleta-Ferales
-- Kelly Davis
-- Darryl Ross
-- Allen Halter
-- James Warning
-- Marco Briseno-Arroyo
-- Terresa Greuber-Gadd, a.k.a.“Mohawk”
-- Jose Camillo Martinez, a.k.a. “Payaso”
-- Rebecca Butchko
-- Gary Petticrew
-- Max “Andy” Kelly
-- Jason Fenn
-- Shon Elms
-- Kerry “Joe” Rowell

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  • by Guest Location: Grand Junction on Apr 25, 2013 at 01:36 PM
    I'm happy to see that law enforcement has done such a great job getting these dealers and drugs off of our streets. Thank you
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