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Thursday, December 2, 2021

DEA in Colorado Busts Drug Ring Tied to Sinaloa Cartel

 "Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Overall, 19 people were indicted, with two other people identified and arrested after the indictment. The Grand Jury indictment includes 20 counts, which outline how the enterprise distributed cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl throughout Arapahoe, Douglas, Denver, and Jefferson counties.

Investigators said it is believed the drug trafficking ring in Colorado has ties to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. Law enforcement seized over 110,000 counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl, 6 kilograms of methamphetamine, 8 pounds of heroin, 11 kilograms of cocaine, and $450,000 in cash in the bust.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and local Colorado partners announced indictments and arrests after a major investigation into a drug network that had international reach. Photo Credit: KDVR

The investigation began in April and spanned eight months. It circled around Saul Ramon Rivera-Beltran, 30, of Thornton. He’s accused of coordinating drug shipments and deals from Mexico, where investigators believed the fentanyl was manufactured, smuggled, and brought to Colorado.

Rivera-Beltran is being held on a $1 million bond. The charges range from racketeering and conspiracy under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. They also include drug distribution and money laundering charges.

Denver Field Division Action Special Agent in Charge David Olesky from the DEA was joined by Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Executive Director Keith Weis and 18th Judicial District Attorney John Kellner.

Photo Credit: Colorado Springs Gazette

“With 28 firearms seized, multiple hand grenades, high-capacity magazines and several sets of body armor, this organization was preparing for battle,” Special Agent Olesky said during Wednesday’s news conference.  Photo Credit: Denver CBS

Photo Credit: The Denver Channel

The DEA put on display a range of assault weapons and ammunition which were seized in an 8 month drug sting operation. Photo Credit: 9 News

Oh the 28 firearms confiscated in the drug sting, six were stolen. Photo Credit: Denver Gazette

Photo Credit: Denver Gazette

Source: KDVR

Additional Photo Credit: Denver Post  


  1. Excellent 👍 catch.
    More going to the pokey.
    Say hello a El Bubba.

  2. Replies
    1. They won't have to worry about spending that cash in the pokey

  3. What let happen to Queso he not come here to chat del Biden no more, maybe he fits covid Coco.

  4. Where’s your cartel buddies to bail you out you fucking low life poison peddler? Rot in hell you piece of shit!

  5. Oh great, so now we stemmed the flow of drugs and won the war on drugs, right?

    1. I see your point. Release them and don't arrest any drug dealer ever again.

      Seems like a great plan.

  6. Wow did you see those weapons, they are not used for shooting bottles, but to kill people. Glad to see our tax dollars are being used, for drug criminal suppression.

  7. I like to see Mexican federal police do the same along with a press conference and parade the monkeys arrested like when Calderon was president Not like the Wimp they have wonder they all want to move to Texas.and California.

  8. AMLO: No more bullets, more bear hugs
    Biden: No more prisons, come on in
    Ppl in CO: No mames!


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