Firefighter, coach among arrested in alleged cocaine ring
November 8, 2010
Thirty-five people, including a retired Denver firefighter and an assistant baseball coach at Regis University, were part of a gang-affiliated network that distributed 20 kilograms of Mexican cocaine a week in metro Denver, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said today.
The cocaine was processed by the Sinaloa Cartel in Juarez, Mexico, and carried to Denver, by way of El Paso, Texas, in secret compartments in cars and trucks, said John Walsh, the U.S. attorney for Colorado.
Once in Denver, the drugs were sold street level by members of two Denver gangs, the Tre Deuce Gangster Crips and Northside Mafia, he said.
“Taking 20 kilograms of cocaine a week off the street puts a substantial crimp in the flow of cocaine into Colorado,” he said.
Twenty kilograms is a little more than 44 pounds.
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