Indictments and arrests in cocaine trafficking in Denver

Posted on: November 9, 2010

According to the Denver Post, the U.S. Attorney has announced indictments of 35 people, including a Regis University assistant baseball coach and a retired Denver firefighter in an alleged cocaine trafficking ring. These criminals were part of a network that imported and sold cocaine produced by the Sinaloa cartel in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

This drug ring ran 20 kilograms of cocaine on a weekly basis from Mexico to El Paso, Texas to the Denver area. Three of the 35 are in the United States illegally, and those accused of dealing the drugs are associated with the Tre Deuce Crips and the North Side Mafia, two homegrown criminal operations.

Law enforcement said that those arrested represent a wide demographic, including men and women as young as 20-year-old Luis Aguero-Saenz and as old as 56-year-old David Cordova, a retired lieutenant in the Denver Fire Department. Also arrested was Ronald Rocha, a 40-year-old assistant baseball coach at Regis University and a former board member of the Arvada Junior Baseball Corp.

The investigation netted 53 kilograms of cocaine, including 27 kilograms that were intercepted in two traffic stops in Pueblo. Authorities also confiscated 35 pounds of marijuana and $650,000 in cash, including $500,000 in one of the suspect’s homes and $122,000 seized in a traffic stop in downtown Denver.

Nine firearms and 15 vehicles also were seized and will be subject to forfeiture to the government upon conviction. Each of those arrested could face 10 years to life in prison and up to $4 million in fines, if convicted.


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