Six indicted in alleged decade-long organized crime campaign

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1DENVER — Six alleged gang members have been indicted in a slew of felonies after what police described as an 11-year organized crime campaign.

The six suspects are accused of being members of the Gallant Knights Insane gang, believed by police to be responsible for violence and drug activities reaching back as far as January of 2004, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Jimmy Valanzuela, 43, is alleged to be the leader and highest ranking gang member. His brothers, 37-year-old Timmy Valanzuela and 45-year-old Michael Valanzuela, are accused of being high ranking members as well.

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Three other alleged GKI members were also indicted: Jaime Venegas, 22; Tanya Gutierrez, 35; and Anthony Saleh Jr., 22.

According to the indictment, the goal of GKI was to raise cash through the sale of drugs and to punish or eliminate rivals.  The group’s daily activities are alleged to include the sale and use of narcotics, recruitment and admission of new members, and targeting rival gang members for assault or murder.

Charges in the case include:

  • Violation of Colorado Crime Control Act
  • Attempted Murder
  • 2 counts Conspiracy to Commit Murder
  • 4 counts Solicitation to Commit Murder
  • Intimidating a Witness
  • Attempt to Influence a Public Servant
  • Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender
  • 2 counts Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender
  • Attempt to Introduce Contraband

Jimmy and Timmy Valanzuela are accused of the attempted murder of a man at a bar in Lakewood in February of 2014. The victim was shot in the neck, but survived. Court records say that the suspects believed the man was a snitch.