FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2006
Contact: Suzanne Halonen, S/A
Traffic Stop in Denver Yields 25 Kilograms of Cocaine
Street value of the cocaine is approximately $500,000
March 28 – Denver – Today,
Jeffrey D. Sweetin, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Rocky Mountain
Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), William J. Leone,
United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, and Gerald R.
Whitman, Chief of the Denver Police Department announced the arrests
of Edwin R. Contreras and Daniel D. Fierro-Marquez and the seizure
of 25 kilograms of cocaine from the Lincoln Continental they were driving
after a routine traffic stop on Interstate 25 in Denver, Colorado.
The cocaine is worth approximately one-half million dollars street
When Denver Police Officers from District 1 attempted to conduct a traffic
stop of the Lincoln Continental for failure to adhere to traffic laws, the
driver of the vehicle attempted to elude law enforcement. When the vehicle
was eventually stopped at I-25 and Speer, Edwin R. Contreras, the driver, was
arrested for attempting to elude a police officer. The passenger was detained
pending further investigation of his involvement. The Lincoln Continental was
searched incident to arrest prior to impounding by Denver Police officers.
During the search, officers recovered two black duffle bags in the back seat
of the vehicle. One duffle bag contained 13 “brick” shaped packages.
The other duffle bag contained 12 “brick” shaped packages wrapped
in plastic. DEA was called to the scene to assist in the investigation due
to the large quantity of cocaine.
SAC Sweetin said, “This is yet another illustration that supports the
theory that Denver is the major transshipment point for illegal drugs and proceeds
trafficking in the western United States.” The United States Attorney’s
Office, District of Colorado will be handling prosecution of this case.
The charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent
unless or until proven guilty. For further information, please contact Denver
Field Division Public Information Officer Special Agent Suzanne Halonen at