Six jailed in alleged Montrose cocaine ring

Nine people are accused of being part of a Montrose cocaine-distribution organization associated with the Sinaloa Cartel,  according to a federal grand jury indictment announced by David Gaouette, acting U.S. attorney in the district of Colorado.

All nine will face charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute of more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Each charge carries a penalty of 10 years to life in federal prison, and up to a $4 million fine.

The investigation, “operation chokehold,” lasted six months. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, each kilogram of cocaine is worth about $30,000.

Six of the members have been arrested: Luis Javier Carlos-Marin (aka Guero), 47, of Delta; Abraham Cuevas-Pena, 52, of Delta; Gabino Flores-Hernandez, 61, of Olathe; Juan Carlos Denicolas, 33, of Montrose; Oscar Ceja-Meraz, 31, of Silt; and Omar Garcia-Lopez (aka Liborio), 32, of El Paso, Texas.

All six are being detained without bond and were to be advised of their charges today. They will appear Tuesday in front of a U.S. Magistrate.

Three are considered fugitives: Adrian David Guerra, 36, of Olathe; Cornelio Cuevas-Pena (aka Rogelio), 42, of Mexico; and Martin Andrade-Zuniga, 41, of Mexico. Cuevas-Pena is considered the leader. Carols-Marin, Cuevas-Pena and Garcia-Lopez face asset forfeiture in addition to drug charges.


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