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News Release
August 24, 2005

Keen Eyes and Nuts and Bolts Detective Work Nab 4 with Drugs and Cash

photo: opening drug packages.AUG 24--DENVER – Jeffrey D. Sweetin, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Denver Field Division Special Agent in Charge and Bill Leone, U.S Attorney for the District of Colorado announced the arrest of four men in connection with a methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking organization. The trafficking organization supplied Denver with meth and cocaine transported from the Phoenix, Arizona area to Denver. Agents seized over two pounds of meth, five and half pounds of cocaine and $20,000.00 in one-hundred dollar bills.

photo: drug packages.

On Tuesday, the Denver Police Department Interdiction Team came into contact with two men at a local motel. The two men, later identified as Gerardo Rodriguez-Rodriguez and Alonzo Rodriguez, were arrested after a search of their 2002 GMC Sonora revealed four square objects wrapped in black electrical tape concealed inside the radiator housing. The squares contained meth and cocaine. A DEA undercover agent posing as the drug courier met with Humberto Perez-Tinico and followed Perez-Tinico to a residence located at 9703 Osciola Drive, Westminster, Colorado where they were met by Alonso Jose De Jesus-Chagollan. Both Perez-Tinico and De Jesus Chagollan were placed under arrest. The Westminster Police Department patrol assisted with the arrest of Perez-Tinico. A search of the home yielded approximately $20,000.

photo: drugs concealed in radiator housing.Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey D. Sweetin stated, “Shrewd Denver PD Detectives uncovered a drug pipeline between Denver and Phoenix. DEA Agents further exploited their findings and followed the trail back to the local Denver distributors. The DEA - Denver PD partnership continues to pay off.”

The defendants have been charged by complaint with violations under United States Code Title 21, Section 841 (a)(1) and (b)(1)(A), Possession with Intent to Distribute cocaine and methamphetamine. If convicted, the penalty is not less than 10 years and no more than life imprisonment; $4,000,000 fine or both; no less than 5 years supervised release; and a $1000 special assessment fee.

The charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty. For more information please contact U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Affairs Officer Jeffrey Dorschner at (303) 454-0243 or DEA Special Agent Karen Flowers at (303) 705-7351.

Digital photographs are available by request from Special Agent Karen Flowers, (303) 705-7351


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