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Task force busts cocaine ring operating in 4 Colorado counties

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BOULDER, Colo. — A cocaine ring that spanned four counties was put out of commission after a 17 month operation, according to a statement issued by the Boulder County Drug task Force Tuesday.

It took eight different law enforcement agencies to bust the expansive operation, including the Denver divisions of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The primary distribution area for the drug operation was Boulder.

“This investigation has cut off a pipeline from Mexico to Boulder that brought cocaine and weapons to our streets,” DEA Special Agent Barbra Roach said. “Boulder and the surrounding communities are safer today due to the cooperative efforts of federal, state and local agencies.”

According to the release, law enforcement agents served warrants on 11 residences — five in Boulder, two in unincorporated Weld County, one in Denver, one in Louisville, one in Longmont and one in unincorporated Adams County.

Law enforcement agents have arrested 20 suspects on over 300 felony counts, including possession of a Schedule II Drug, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II Drug, conspiracy and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Names of the suspects in custody are expected to be released at 4 p.m. Tuesday.