California-to-Colorado cocaine ring busted in Denver

By: CNN Email
By: CNN Email

DENVER, Colo. (KKCO)-- Drug enforcement agents put an end to a cocaine ring that was smuggling $6 million-worth of the drug into Denver every month for almost a year.

The major cocaine trafficking ring was busted by the Denver Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force.

The group is made up of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies that focus on large, foreign-based drug operations, according to the Denver Post.

Authorities say the operation ran from California to Colorado.

The task force had been investigating the ring since June but finally dismantled the operation two weeks ago.

"By disrupting this ring, more than 25 kilograms of cocaine or about 55 pounds are now off the streets. This is a significant cocaine seizure for the state of Colorado," said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

Authorities also found guns and cash. They say the drugs were often smuggled using secret compartments inside vehicles.

The cocaine had a street value of about $750,000.

Six men were arrested in Colorado and four in California as part of the sting. All of the men are reportedly in the U.S. illegally.

If convicted, each of the men could face up to 60 years in prison.

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