The Pueblo Police Department, along with several other agencies, arrested 40 people in connection to a major drug trafficking case they have been working on since February 2017.
“The crime rate overall in Pueblo is heading in the right direction, which is down,” Pueblo Police Chief Troy Davenport said.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reported that $1.25 million of monetary assets was collected, along with 31 firearms, 126.6 pounds of methamphetamine, 56.2 pounds of heroin and 33.7 pounds of cocaine.
The DEA also reported 65 arrest warrants. The 40 arrested were in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.
“We are trying to have a positive effect on the other side of this issue,” Davenport said. “That’s the you side. The people who overdose, people who are sick people and who are having problems connected to substance abuse and addiction. We are helping with that as well.”
They called this case “Operation Double Dippin.” They said this case just exploded, and that’s why they took it to the Attorney General’s office, because they needed a full-time prosecutor.
The drugs were being made in Mexico, then brought over the border into Arizona. From there, PPD said the drugs were stored in Tucson and Pheonix, and then eventually transported to Colorado.
“A lot of the people we were targeting were in the lower level,” said Agent Timothy Scott, who worked on the case. “They were either a part of the gang or affiliated with it.”
PPD and the DEA are still looking for two additional suspects they believe to be involved. They said Diana Sandoval and Ray Rodriguez are considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on their whereabouts, contact either the Pueblo Police Department or Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.