District Attorney Pete Weir announced that the district grand jury has returned a 61-count indictment dismantling a heroin ring operating in Jefferson County and the metro Denver area. Six men are accused of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) by engaging in a pattern of racketeering from April to December, 2017.
The six men have been indicted for Violation of COCCA(F2), Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance(DF1), and numerous other counts according to their alleged participation:
Fermin Flores-Rosales, DOB: 4-14-76 Mario Acosta-Ruiz, DOB; 9-17-87
Cristobal Flores-Rosales, DOB: 10-27-70 Yoel Soto-Campos, DOB 10-18-96
Juan Borques Meza, DOB: 9-5-93 Joel Torrez-Espinoza, DOB: 11-14-92
According to the indictment, investigators seized or made undercover purchases of 3,305 grams of heroin with a street value of $264,400 during the investigation. The structure of this highly organized enterprise began with members receiving shipments of heroin from outside Colorado. The drugs were stored in one or more “stash houses”. Prospective heroin customers would make a phone call to someone acting as “dispatcher” who would provide information as to where and when the drugs would be delivered. A “runner” would meet the prospective buyer with the drugs at the agreed upon location. Cash proceeds from heroin sales would be given to Flores-Rosales. On various occasions, Flores-Rosales wired some of the money to person(s) outside the U.S., often in amounts just under $1,000 because Flores-Rosales did not have the identification necessary to wire larger amounts.
According to the indictment, in November 2017, Flores-Rosales, DOB: 4-14-76, communicated by phone with someone in Mexico arranging for wire transfers to be made to several banks in Mexico.
During the execution of search warrants at four “stash houses” $6,700 was seized, in addition to 3,215 grams of heroin.
“This indictment and the dismantling of this heroin ring goes a long way towards stopping the flow of heroin into our community,” said Weir, “This is a great example of teamwork between local and federal law enforcement agencies in Colorado. While the West Metro Drug Task Force was the lead agency, the DEA, the District Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit, and the Denver Police Department participated in the apprehension of these men.”
The indictment was returned on December 22, 2017. Five of the six men have been arrested and are due in court on January 16 at 11:00 a.m. A warrant is outstanding for Joel Torrez-Espinosa.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual has committed a crime(s). A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo. RPC 3.6.