13 indicted by federal grand jury in Montrose drug bust
Thirteen defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury with drug distribution charges following a year-long investigation done by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Montrose County Sheriff's Office, and the Montrose Police Department.
All 13 defendants were Montrose Residents. Those indicted include;
-Omar Briceno-Quijano, age 29 FUGITIVE
-Ofelia Lopez, age 49
-Luis Alberto Ibarra-Tadeo, age 26
-Romeo Lujan, age 28 FUGITIVE
-Angelina Maestas, age 32
-Joseph Davis, age 26
-Naomi Vaughn, age 35
-Jonte LeFlore, age 34
-Dustin Debarris, age 31
-Steven Keith Jones, age 33
-Frank Arroyo, age 44
-Amanda Lee Sumpter, age 49
-Nicole Wickman, age 36
According to the indictment, from Jan 1, 2019, until Dec 18, 2019, the thirteen defendants conspired with each other to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, 500 grams or more of a mixture of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and less than 100 grams of heroin.
The defendants also face additional charges as well in relation to the distribution of meth and heroin.
If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum of 10 years, and up to life in prison.
“On behalf of the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to commend the DEA for its leadership and assistance with this operation,” said Montrose County Sheriff Gene Lillard. “The amount of drug trafficking that we are experiencing in the County of Montrose has been on the increase over the last decade. The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office has been working and will continue to work proactively to combat the drug issues that are affecting the city and county of Montrose."