ADAMS COUNTY — Five was the lucky number in what was one of the biggest methamphetamine busts in state history, according to the Colorado Attorney General.
The state announced a seizure of 55 pounds of meth on Monday, with Attorney General John W. Suthers saying five wiretaps helped cap off five weeks of work.
Suthers said 17 individuals were arrested following seizure, and that by taking them off the streets, law enforcement agencies put a “significant dent in the meth trade in Adams County.”
Some of the drug ring’s activities could be described as covert, including the alleged transport of meth across state lines in a secret compartment in the floorboard of Oscar Ruvalcaba’s Mini Cooper.
Other activities were downright brazen, including operating out of a food truck where customers “could literally walk up and order a side of meth with their taco,” Suthers said.
The food truck was primarily located at West 8th Avenue and Federal Boulevard in Denver, which is just south of Sports Authority Field.
The 64-count indictment returned against the drug ring alleges charges that include violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy, Money Laundering, and Tax Evasion.
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 37, was indicted as the leader of the ring, which was known as the Gonzalez Drug Trafficking Organization.
“Gonzalez coordinated with others to primarily import meth as well as cocaine from Mexico into California for delivery in Colorado,” the attorney general’s office wrote in a press release.
According to the indictment, upon receipt of the drugs, Gonzalez would distribute them primarily through his aunts, Monica Gonzalez, 54, and Luz Gonzalez, 50, to sell to customers.
Maria Arellano, 39, was the ring member accused of selling the meth out of her taco trailer.AlertMe