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Old 10-02-2012, 05:21
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80 arrested in largest drug bust ever in Colorado


Eighty arrested in drug bust called biggest ever in Colorado



DENVER (Reuters) - At least 80 people have been arrested in what federal, state and local law enforcement officials on Thursday called the largest drug bust in Colorado history, a sweep that grew out of an investigation of violent bank robberies.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh said 58 pounds of cocaine, 2.2 pounds of crack cocaine and one pound of methamphetamine were seized in the two-year operation undertaken by 500 federal agents and police officers.

"Today our streets are safer, and the drug trade in Colorado has suffered a massive blow," Walsh said in a statement.

In addition to the illegal drugs, agents also seized 12 weapons, including assault rifles and handguns, and more than $400,000 in cash.
The drug trafficking probe began in December 2009 and evolved from FBI investigations of a series of 16 takeover bank robberies in the Denver area.

"What triggered this investigation was the very violent activity of some hard-core gang members," said Aurora, Colorado, Police Chief Daniel Oates. "Once we focused on them, our investigation led to a complex narcotics conspiracy."

Twenty-five suspected gang members have been charged with the bank robberies, according to prosecutors.

A total of 97 people have been charged in either federal or state court related to the drug sweep, and all but 17 had been taken into custody, authorities said. They said the sweep marked the biggest mass arrest for drug trafficking ever in the state.

If convicted, most of the defendants charged in federal court face sentences ranging from 10 years in prison to life terms and up to $10 million in fines, prosecutors said.

Defendants charged in state court could receive mandatory minimum prison sentences depending on the charges, they said.
(Editing by Steve Gorman and Tim Gaynor)

http://news.yahoo.com/eighty-arreste...041049521.html

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Re: 80 arrested in largest drug bust ever in Colorado

Wow 500 cops and feds. Thats alot of cops and they let them rob 16 banks just so they could get the drugs. You know bank robbery is dangerous for the average bank customer. Maybe they should have just stopped the bank robberies

I wonder what the bill is for 500 cops over a two year period, drug war is job security
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Old 10-02-2012, 18:22
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Re: 80 arrested in largest drug bust ever in Colorado

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Wow 500 cops and feds. Thats alot of cops and they let them rob 16 banks just so they could get the drugs. You know bank robbery is dangerous for the average bank customer. Maybe they should have just stopped the bank robberies

I wonder what the bill is for 500 cops over a two year period, drug war is job security
The $10,000,000 in fines should help foot the bill.

It sounds like the tactic was to stop the robberies but considering that there were at least 25 people involved it may have taken them longer to track them all down. Then imagine the gold mine of narcotics they found along the way not to mention the $400,000 in cash. Good pension bonus this year for those 500.
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Re: 80 arrested in largest drug bust ever in Colorado

Umm, the drug trade in colorado will be fine. This was not one raid. People were stepping up after each individual raid. All they did was move it around. maybe cause a 1-2 week drought. What if someone had died in one of the bank robberies police allowed
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Re: 80 arrested in largest drug bust ever in Colorado

"Massive blow"... Really? This is just a TINY fraction of the market... Maybe if they had gotten 80 TONS of cocaine...
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Re: 80 arrested in largest drug bust ever in Colorado

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"Massive blow"... Really? This is just a TINY fraction of the market... Maybe if they had gotten 80 TONS of cocaine...
Yeah because 72,500 + kilos of cocaine are just chilling in the bank robbers living room.

I think most are missing the point here that the bank robberies ended up uncovering a continuous distribution network that may not have been unearthed if 25 or so of the people involved did not decide to go out robbing banks. Who knows, maybe they robbed the banks first then got the cocaine with the loot (albeit $ traced via Federal Reserve) from a known supplier, and then the cookie crumbles.

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