Drug enforcement officer known for work with addicts in recovery dies

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DENVER -- Family, friends and the countless people whose lives she impacted are mourning the death of Lori Moriarty, who died Sunday after a battle with ovarian cancer.

She became a nationally recognized law enforcement expert on methamphetamine as commander of the North Metro Drug Task Force.

Raids like one that took place in Thornton in 2002 sparked a passion for drug-endangered children and launched a career after law enforcement where Moriarty helped children and helped addicts in recovery.

Mark Wonder said when she arrested him more than 12 years ago, he was addicted to meth. But she helped him reverse the downward spiral. Today, he runs Liberty Guest Services, a successful company that supplies equipment and staffing for events.

"An impact of one person`s life can change the course of many people`s lives and that`s what I`d say about Lori," he said.

Memorial service plans have not been announced.