Another win for our country AND a vindication of Trump’s stance on illegal immigrants
who are criminals and keeping our country safe.
Attorney General’s Press Release
April 20, 2017
The DEA-led Denver OCDETF Strike Force, including the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office, DEA and the Aurora Police Department, today arrested multiple defendants throughout Colorado and California on various drug related charges, the Justice Department announced. The arrests were the result of a one year investigation into the inner workings of a Mexican led drug trafficking organization that brought drugs into the country through California to Colorado. A federal grand jury in Denver earlier returned an indictment charging 17 defendants for illegal drug trafficking conduct. The indictment contains 45 counts, including an asset forfeiture allegation.
As a result of today’s operation, nine were arrested, with one additional defendant already in custody. Seven are considered fugitives.
The defendants allegedly brought cocaine and methamphetamine into the country from Mexico, transported it through California, into Colorado in vehicles with secret compartments. The drugs were held at three stash locations in Aurora, Colorado, and then brought to the El Rancho Market at 15401 East Mississippi in Aurora to be parceled out and distributed. The El Rancho Market, in addition to sundries food and miscellaneous products, also has a money transfer station, which is how some drug proceeds were distributed from Colorado back to Mexico. Other methods of moving money included smuggling bulk cash in vehicle secret compartments.
According to the indictment, between Feb. 1, 2016 through April 15, Tapia-Rubio and the additional 16 defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, and 500 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. For this count alone, each defendant faces not less than 10 years, and up to life in prison, as well as a $10 million fine. Each defendant also faces a variety of other drug related charges with different prison penalties.
As part of this investigation and takedown, the government is seeking a $2 million money judgment as well as the seizure of two Aurora properties used as stash houses, one located at 12091 East Arizona Avenue, and the other located at 17994 East Utah Place, both in Aurora.
“We are committed to dismantling and removing the threat posed by these criminal organizations flooding American communities with dangerous narcotics,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “This organization is alleged to have moved large amounts of meth and cocaine from Mexico to Colorado, with devastating impact on communities in their wake. I want to congratulate the outstanding federal, state, and local law enforcement cooperation that resulted in this highly successful operation. Replicating this kind of aggressive law enforcement take down is critical to breaking the backs of these criminal organizations.”
“This criminal organization distributed cocaine and methamphetamine throughout our communities, making themselves rich from the suffering of others,” stated Special Agent in Charge Barbra Roach of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Denver Field Division. “DEA takes great pride in identifying and targeting these predatory organizations and works continually to put them out of business, and to put their leaders in jail.”
“This operation was successful due to our positive and established working relationships with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners,” said Aurora Chief of Police Ken Metz. “This collaborative effort will help Aurora become even safer. Thank you to all the officers involved.”
This case was investigated by the Denver Strike Force, which includes the following agencies: DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation, the FBI, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshal Service, West Metro Drug Task Force, Northern Colorado Drug Task Force, Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and the Denver Police Department.
LIST OF DEFENDANTS IN STRIKE FORCE INDICTMENT
JOSE TAPIA-RUBIO, a.k.a. “Don Chaquetas,” age 58, resident of Aurora, Colorado, from Mexico (naturalized U.S. citizen)
JUAN CARLOS MEDINA-SOBERANIS, age 31, resident of Aurora, Colorado, from California FUGITIVE
LARA ZAMORA-CRUZ, a.k.a. “Maria Lara-Reyes,” age 63, resident of Northridge, California, from El Salvador (naturalized U.S. citizen)
ERIK PARRA, a.k.a. “Flaco,” age unknown, resident of Metro Denver, Colorado, from California FUGITIVE
JOSE CHICA-ORELLANA, a.k.a. “Adrian,” age unknown, resident of Aspen, Colorado, from El Salvador
CLAUDIA LISSETH-LARA, age 41, resident of Granada Hills, California, from El Salvador (naturalized U.S. citizen)
VILMA L. ZAMORA, age 67, resident of Reseda, California, from El Salvador ARRESTED TODAY IN CALIFORNIA
FREDY PAZ-HERRERA, a.k.a. “Avispero,” age unknown, resident of Breckenridge, California, from Mexico FUGITIVE
RODRIGO MORA-SANCHEZ, a.k.a. “Pelon,” age 49, resident of Aurora, Colorado, from Mexico (naturalized U.S. citizen)
OSCAR MORA-CAMPOS, age unknown, resident of Aspen, from Mexico
EDUARDO JIMENEZ-SANCHEZ, age 37, resident of New Castle, Colorado, from Mexico
LEOPOLDO RODRIGUEZ-PADILLA, age unknown, resident of California, from Mexico FUGITIVE
HEBERTO MORA-SANCHEZ, a.k.a. “Chaparro,” age 43, resident of Aurora, Colorado, from Mexico
Denver, Colorado and the surrounding area is basically a halfway point. This is not the first serious drug bust in the area but like all of us, the state is sick and tired of what drugs are doing to our people and how those at the top of the ladder are feeding like vampires off the blood of those caught up in illegal activities.
December 2016 – ten alleged drug ring members — suspected of selling cocaine and methamphetamine in bars, from food trucks and on the streets of Denver and Aurora were arrested and faced charges in Arapahoe District Court: Arrested were Hugo Ruiz-Hernandez, 52, of Aurora; Alberto Morales-Ramirez, 39, of Aurora; Jose Gama-Barron, 37, of Aurora; Nayeli Madrigal-Estrada, 28, of Denver; Ciriaco Arellano-Rebollar, 28, of Denver; Oscar Fierro, 36, of Arvada; Armando Arellano-Rebollar, 23, of Aurora; Raul Arellano-Rebollar, 25, of Denver; Rafael Barrios-Martinez, 36, of Denver; and Juan Chevere-Chevere, 31, of Aurora.
August 2016, 45 drug deals were monitored by federal, state and local investigators through wire taps, surveillance and undercover agents during Operation Muchas Pacas, a sting that netted 25 indictments, 47 pounds of heroin, more than 1 pound of cocaine, more than $218,712 in drug money and 11 weapons, according to the state attorney general’s office and the Denver Post.
Unless one is totally in lala land or totally brain freeze dried then it should be obvious that the borders being closed, enforcement having strong backup, and cooperation between branches is helping to eliminate quite a few umm….poor non-legal immigrants drains on our tax dollars and more importantly the loss of productive lives of our people.
One less drug addiction or one less death is a win. I think we should ship them all financiers, lords, and gangs to a secure active volcanic island far out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and let nature do the rest. Forget taxpayers paying to feed and house them.
Check out Jeff Session’s statement…certainly a welcome departure from the lack of enthusiasm, support, and praise for enforcement over the last eight years.
I do love winning as the Train keeps on rolling.