Biggest drug bust in jurisdiction history

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

Grand Junction, Colo (KKCO) ---

The most organized and sophisticated drug ring to be operated in Mesa County history was taken down by authorities after a four month long investigation.

Ten pounds of methamphetamine, nine pounds of cocaine, nine firearms, eight vehicles and almost $150,000 were allegedly confiscated.

A grand jury indictment held thirty-six criminals responsible and twenty five of them are currently behind bars with drug related charges including distribution and money laundering.

A drug supplier in Mexico has been trafficking these substances through California, Nevada, Kansas, Colorado and even to the South Eastern portion of the United States.

Authorities believe the ringleader in the United States is Meeker resident Francisco Peralta-Cabrel who, according to an indictment, is being held in the Mesa County Jail on a one million dollar cash-only bond.

The amount of collaboration between different agencies led to the break in this case. The Mesa County Police Department, DEA, Drug Task Force and SWAT teams from all over Colorado worked together to break up this dangerous drug cartel.

This case will not go to trial anytime soon as authorities are expecting to seek more search warrants, which will lead to additional arrests.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2013 at 09:23 PM
    For years mesa county had ignored the meth and drug problems in our little burg. wow what a surprise the drugs go by way of loma and mack ....duh fools if you wanna traffic drugs stay off i 70m from salt lake go to vernal utah -- then to meeker -- rifle i 70 to denver and you have bypassed the most patrolled area of racial profiling in the usa - -exit 15 by loma -- will get u busted for sure oh the way past the weigh station by the loma check station -- is by mack take the exit to mack and drive up though the country roads to grand junction.. you will bypass the cops and state patrol.. . . oh by the way there is a mexican safe house in grand junction at 500 block of florence road and elm next to 30 road --- is the law enforcement in this town blind ??
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