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7 arrested in Colorado for alleged participation in drug ring

On behalf of David Lindsey, Attorney at Law posted in Drug Charges on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

Seven people have been arrested in Alamosa, Colorado, after allegations of involvement in a serious drug crime. The individuals were allegedly part of a drug trafficking ring in the San Luis Valley. The ring was allegedly designed to deliver methamphetamine and cocaine to individuals in the area.

Investigators with the Alamosa Police Department, the Alamosa Parole Office and the Colorado State Patrol uncovered the ring earlier this year. With the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration, they received warrants for the arrests of the seven individuals. The arrested suspects range in age from 26 to 52. The majority of them are from Alamosa, and all seven have been charged with the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine or both. Most of their bonds have been set at $50,000. Some have bonds set higher at $75,000.

Law enforcement officers are searching for one more person, a 28-year-old that is believed to be involved with the ring. If caught, he will also face charges of methamphetamine distribution. He is also from Alamosa.

During the execution of their search warrants, police allegedly found nearly three pounds of methamphetamines. They also reportedly uncovered more than a pound and a half of cocaine. According to police, the street value of these unsold drugs is more than $150,000. The search warrants also led police to the confiscation of three rifles, a stun gun, two vehicles and a handgun. They also found a bullet-proof vest and an undisclosed sum of money. If convicted, the individuals allegedly involved will likely face jail time.

This case is yet another example of how seriously Colorado authorities take drug crimes. However, it is important to remember that not everyone accused of a drug crime is guilty. For example, if police did not have a search warrant, any evidence uncovered in a search may be suppressed. Those who have found themselves charged with a drug crime may find it helpful to speak with an experienced defense attorney.

Source: KRDO, "San Luis Valley Drug Bust," Sept. 1, 2011

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