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News Release
December 15, 2003

West Metro Drug Task Force/DEA - Met Teams Dismantle "ICE" Distribution Organization in "Operation Speedtrap"

Operation Speed Trap

DEC 15--Jeffrey D. Sweetin, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Denver Division along with Lieutenant Robert Smith, Commander of the West Metro Drug Task Force and Dave Thomas, Colorado 1st Judicial District Attorney, and representatives from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE) announced that multiple suspects have been arrested and charged for their involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine in the Denver metro area.

An 18-month investigation has resulted in these arrests with various offenses related to conspiring to distribute, distribution and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. All defendants are being charged locally by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

"The DEA Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) and the West Metro Drug Task Force literally dismantled this criminal drug organization from the top down," said Special Agent in Charge Sweetin. "Investigations like this one disrupt the availability and flow of a form of ongoing violence associated with addiction and the illegal drug trade here in Jefferson County."

A photo of "ice," a very pure form of methamphetamine
A photo of "ice," a very pure form of methamphetamine

Over 35 officers and federal agents from numerous agencies participated in this past weeks' enforcement action during which six search warrants were served at locations in the area. The searches produced approximately 4,600 grams (9 pounds) of methamphetamine," 450 grams (1 pound) of cocaine, 90 grams (3 ounces) of heroin and 2268 grams (5 pounds) of marijuana. Approximately $48,000 in US Currency was seized in the case along with two vehicles. Preliminary tests of the methamphetamine indicate a 90% or greater purity level, which is commonly referred to as "ice".

The DEA Mobile Enforcement Team has been deployed with the West Metro Drug Task Force since September 2003 and provided an added boost of manpower and expertise for the area to enhance drug enforcement operations. The West Metro Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Westminster and Golden Police Departments and deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Denver SAC Jeffrey D. Sweetin at the Press Conference for "Operation Speedtrap" answering questions. Behind him is Jefferson County District Attorney Dave Thomas
Denver SAC Jeffrey D. Sweetin at the Press Conference for "Operation Speedtrap" answering questions. Behind him is Jefferson County District Attorney Dave Thomas

"I'd like to thank the dedicated men and woman of the West Metro Drug Task Force for their tenacious pursuit of this drug organization since May 2002. Successful investigations always come down to personal qualities like ingenuity, hard work, and perseverance," said Commander Smith. "In the end, Jefferson County will be a safer place due to the efforts behind "Operation Speed Trap."

The defendant's listed below have been arrested and charged.

Linda Martinez, DOB 05-23-60
David Martinez, DOB 10-13-61
Tanika Martinez, DOB 06-24-78
Mike Rael, DOB 02-10-58
Reyez Abraham Cruz, DOB 04-15-85
Stan Erickson, DOB 05-13-59
Rhonda Erickson, DOB 10-10-61

The charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

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