High-level drug ring dismantled
A four-month investigation by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force uncovered a high-level drug trafficking organization that used two homes and a storage unit to deal large quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in Mesa County, according to court documents unsealed this week.
Arrest affidavits in the case show authorities dismantled the drug ring with the help of a confidential informant and, inadvertently, Greyhound, which lost one of the alleged drug dealer’s luggage, containing more than a pound of meth.
Five men were arrested last month in conjunction with the investigation and remain in Mesa County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bonds. They face a variety of charges, including distribution of a controlled substance, money laundering and special-offender sentence enhancers.
Task Force officers allege in an affidavit that Alejandro Perez-Garcia, 31, of Lake Elsinore, California, was the primary dealer of the organization, while David Perez-Garcia, 33, of Grand Junction was one of its leaders. Anthony Sanchez, 30, of Grand Junction and Anthony Perez, 29 of San Bernardino, California, assisted in the transport and distribution of drugs. The fifth suspect is Steven Madrigal, 24, of Grand Junction.
The Task Force’s initial contact with the drug ring occurred on Jan. 2 when the confidential informant arranged a controlled purchase of a half-ounce of meth from a woman who provided a portion of the drugs and said she would get the remainder from her source of supply. That person was later identified as Anthony Perez.
Over the course of the next four months, the informant arranged at least seven more controlled buys of meth and heroin from Alejandro Perez-Garcia. Each time, Task Force officers surveilled the purchase, the affidavit said.
The informant told officers that Perez-Garcia asked on multiple occasions if he had any firearms Perez-Garcia could purchase and boasted at one point that he was making more than $1,000 a day just off heroin sales, the affidavit said.
A Task Force officer wrote in the affidavit he believed many of the men were living at 2985½ Yew Leaf Willow Ave. and utilized 2854½ Hill Ave. as a distribution location. The men also allegedly used a storage unit at T&J Mini Storage, 2987 North Ave., to store large quantities of drugs.
On April 28, the informant picked up Anthony Perez at the Greyhound bus station in Grand Junction after arranging to buy at least a pound of meth from Perez. While driving to the Hill Avenue address, Perez told the informant Greyhound lost his luggage with the “work” in it. Greyhound told Perez the luggage should come in on the next bus.
The Task Force contacted Greyhound employees and confirmed a bag had been reported missing and had a luggage tag in the name of Richard Sanchez. An officer wrote in the affidavit that Perez was known to use the name “Rick.”
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents contacted the Greyhound bus at its next scheduled stop in Glenwood Springs and found the luggage. Inside, officers found two candles, each containing 10 to 12 ounces of meth hidden inside. They also found legal documents in Perez’s name, the affidavit said.