Seven Additional Defendants Charged In Long-Running Drug And Money Laundering Investigation
A total of 20 now indicted in Western Slope Drug Ring
DENVER (STL.News) The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced the arrest of seven additional defendants in an on-going investigation involving the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin on the Western Slope. The following defendants were arrested and made their initial appearance in federal court in Denver and Grand Junction this week:
Daniel Gastelo-Ochoa, 32 of Denver
Carlos Quijano-Ruiz, 52 of Montrose
Rafael Jaramillo-Hernandez, 32 of Montrose
Catyria Gisela Lopez-Gomez, 41 of Fort Collins
Margarita Jaquelin Cruz-Gomez, 35 of Montrose
Dalilah Suarez-Lopez, 23 of Fort Collins, and
Carlos Aurelio Beltran-Gonzalez, 32 of Montrose
These indiiduals were charged in a superseding indictment, which brought allegations against these defendants in addition to thirteen others previously charged in December of 2019.
According to the superseding indictment, from January 1, 2019, through December 18, 2019, Daniel Gastelo-Ochoa, Carlos Quijano-Ruiz, Rafael Jaramillo-Hernandez, Catyria Gisela Lopez-Gomez, as well as the thirteen previously charged defendants, conspired with each other to distribute methamphetamine and heroin. If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum of 10 years, and up to life in federal prison.