Kingpin gets 32 years, the max term, in sweeping drug probe

Francisco Peralta-Cabral

Authorities believe the “salsa” served up by 45-year-old Francisco Peralta-Cabral wasn’t on the menu at his restaurant in Meeker.

Instead, as Chief Mesa County Judge David Bottger observed today, it was dished to customers “not only in Grand Junction and Mesa County, but the entire Western Slope of Colorado and perhaps beyond.”

“Why you did this does not excuse what you did,” Bottger said during sentencing for the reputed kingpin.

The man who prosecutors claimed was at the top of a 36-plus person drug organization supplied from Mexico, importing pound quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine on a monthly basis, was sentenced by Bottger to serve 32 years in prison, the maximum term available to the judge under a plea agreement. Peralta-Cabral pleaded guilty in December to class-2 felony racketeering as defined under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act.

The owner of Los Koras, 173 First St. in Meeker, Peralta-Cabral is heard on multiple wiretap phone conversations negotiating and coordinating drug deals involving various lieutenants and a source of supply in Mexico, according to a grand jury indictment handed up last April.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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