News Release
Date: August 28, 2012
Contact: Special Agent Paul Roach
Number: 720-895-4157

DEA Colorado Springs Resident Office Hits the Trifecta

AUG 28 (DENVER) – Drug Enforcement Administration Agents and Task Force Officers (TFOs) of the Colorado Springs Resident Office, in conjunction with their federal, state and local partners, successfully concluded three separate investigations with the arrests of 14 suspects and the seizure of significant amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

The first investigation targeted a drug trafficking organization in the Pikes Peak region that was distributing heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.  The 10-month investigation expanded to seven other states and Mexico, and culminated with seven arrests and the seizure of 6.8 pounds of heroin, 9.75 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 kilogram of cocaine, $152,755, and six vehicles.

That case led quickly to a separate spin-off investigation of a heroin trafficking cell operating in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.  This second investigation concluded on August 16, 2012 with the arrests of two suspects after investigators intercepted a load vehicle traveling from California to Colorado.  Four pounds of heroin and ¼ pound of cocaine were seized from the vehicle.  Officers seized an additional ¼ pound of heroin and three vehicles during a subsequent search warrant at an apartment associated with the organization.

Finally, on August 14, 2012, law enforcement officers seized 600 pounds of marijuana, two vehicles, and arrested five suspects in a separate investigation of a marijuana distribution organization operating throughout Colorado.

The individuals listed below were arrested in connection with the three investigations:

Juan Ramon Espinoza-Aldana

Jacinto Ponce-Amparo

Matias Aleman-Sanchez

Miguel Angel Gamboa-Tasso

Enrique Cuevas-Del Toro

Zakariya Angel Salazar

Leo Rios-Lucero

Javier Francisco-Jimenez

Maria Isabel Mendoza-Palacios

Guadalupe Marguez-Chavez

Ernesto Mata-Rotas

Angel Eduard Nunez-Rivera

Mario Alberto Dominguez-Orozco

Cesar Sotelo-Lopez

These three investigations required much cooperation and coordinated enforcement action with several other agencies.  The partnerships the DEA Colorado Springs Resident Office has formed continue to pay off with successful joint operations such as these.  Agencies involved with these cases include the Colorado Springs Police Department, Pueblo Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, HSI, Denver Police Department, and the Colorado State Patrol.