Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Feds and local law enforcment agencies bust suspected drug traffickers
Metro Gang Task Force arrest members of the Eight Trey Gangster Crips
Hundreds of federal agents and local law enforcement officers spread over the Denver metro area Thursday and arrested 33 people, many of them members of the Eight Trey Gangster Crips street gang, in a drug bust authorities predicted will lead to further arrests.
The arrests by the Metro Gang Task Force, which includes officers and agents from federal and local agencies, dismantled two separate drug operations, one with ties to drug traffickers in Mexico and the other involved with the street gang.
Local gang members allegedly distributed cocaine and crack cocaine, while the other group is accused of distributing methamphetamine and cocaine.
Investigators will trace more than 11 guns seized in the raids in an effort to link them to ballistic evidence from still-unsolved murders and other crimes, said Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.
“We are hopeful that we are going to resolve some unresolved violent crimes,” said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates.
A total of 350 agents and officers began making arrests at 6 a.m. Thursday and finished their sweep at about noon.
Forty-one people are charged in three separate indictments leading to the arrests. Five of the indicted were in custody on unrelated charges and another three remain at large.
The first indictment charged 19 people, who are either members of the Eight Trey Gangster Crips or gang associates, with distributing crack cocaine and cocaine. The Task Force dubbed the operation “Pig Pen”.
The second and third indictments charged a total of 22 people who were smuggling methamphetamine from Mexico through California to Colorado. The Task Force named that operation “Xterra Range.”
Some of the methamphetamine was sent from California in a liquid form, a new method of shipping the drug, and turned into crystal when it arrived in Denver. The meth was more than 90 percent pure, said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.
In one instance, money was found in a sophisticated hidden compartment beneath the seat of a vehicle.
In another, methamphetamine was in a compartment built into the frame of a vehicle.
Source: denverpost.com “Feds and local law enforcment agencies bust suspected drug traffickers,” April 30, 2013