Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Heroin bust in Colorado Springs

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

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The Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Unit has announced that, after a year-long investigation, 19 arrests have been made in an alleged heroin ring.

In furtherance of the investigation; on June 6th, investigators with MVNI, DEA and the FBI conducted reversal operations targeting street level heroin distributors and users in Colorado Springs. During the operation, eight adults and one juvenile were arrested for criminal attempt to possess a Schedule I controlled substance. Additionally, four individuals posing as heroin customers engaged an undercover officer in a threatening manner. Nearby officers quickly detained the four involved individuals and later learned that they were rival heroin distributors intent on robbing the undercover officer. All four were later charged with attempted robbery and conspiracy.

The press release goes on to detail the investigation's haul: two pounds of heroin; three ounces of coke; three handguns; and nearly 15 grand.

Eight of the 19 arrested were younger than 21.

The press release:

Beginning in May 2011, agents with the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence {MVNI} Unit, initiated what would become a lengthy investigation into a Colorado Springs based Heroin Trafficking Organization.

During the course of their investigation, detectives made a series of undercover purchases and identified several individuals associated with the organization.

In March 2012, investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration CSRO Group II and FBI Safe Streets Task Force began an independent investigation into a regional heroin organization.

The ensuing investigation quickly revealed links to the local group operating in Colorado Springs. Additionally, rumors had surfaced that the Colorado Springs based heroin organization was responsible for distributing heroin to local high school students. Through a series of undercover purchases, federal investigators identified several co-conspirators, vehicles and locations utilized by the organization.

On June 5, 2012, the investigation culminated with the arrest of five key members of the Heroin Organization. Those arrested were found to be in possession of approximately two pounds of heroin, cocaine, firearms and United States currency.

In furtherance of the investigation; on June 6th, investigators with MVNI, DEA and the FBI conducted reversal operations targeting street level heroin distributors and users in Colorado Springs. During the operation, eight adults and one juvenile were arrested for criminal attempt to possess a Schedule I controlled substance. Additionally, four individuals posing as heroin customers engaged an undercover officer in a threatening manner. Nearby officers quickly detained the four involved individuals and later learned that they were rival heroin distributors intent on robbing the undercover officer. All four were later charged with attempted robbery and conspiracy.

In total, this operation resulted in 19 arrests, the seizure of 2 pounds of heroin, three ounces of cocaine, 3 handguns, two vehicles and $14,500 U.S. currency. Of the 19 arrested, eight were under the age of twenty-one.

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