Authorities bust meth ring |

Authorities bust meth ring

Dennis WebbGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Law enforcement authorities say they have broken up a major methamphetamine trafficking ring operating between the Roaring Fork Valley and Mesa County.Four Roaring Fork Valley men were arrested on drug distribution charges in the investigation. Authorities said in a news release that the distribution network sold meth in quantities ranging from ounces, priced at $800, to pounds, at $12,500.Authorities also arrested two others on drug-related charges in connection with the investigation, and six others on immigration-related violations.The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with Martin Beeson and Pete Hautzinger, the respective district attorneys in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, announced the arrests in a news release Wednesday evening. The investigation was conducted by the DEA’s Western Colorado Drug Task Force (WCDTF) and the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, or TRIDENT.Their investigation began last July and included use of undercover officers, confidential sources and surveillance. Authorities say the ring transported high-quality, multi-pound quantities of meth from the Roaring Fork Valley to Mesa County via Interstate 70.Investigators seized about 4 pounds of meth in the case, and it had an average purity level of 76 percent. Five ounces of cocaine and a small amount of crack cocaine also were seized.Juan Carlos Gil, 29; Gerardo Salcedo Gil, 24; Jose Luis Perez-Preciado, 27; and Jose Manuel Oropeza-Padilla, 31, were arrested and face drug charges in Mesa County. Perez-Preciado lives in El Jebel, and the other three in Glenwood Springs.

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