Denver man convicted of large-scale cocaine trafficking sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

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DENVER – Late last week, 27-year-old Michael Benitez-Lopez, aka “Mikey” aka “Money Mike”, of Denver was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for distributing large quantities of cocaine. 

Following his prison sentence, Benitez-Lopez will spend 5 years on supervised release. 

According to court documents and arguments made at trial, from March 2017 through April 1, 2018, Benitez-Lopez received multiple-kilograms of cocaine as part of a large scale drug trafficking organization responsible for importing more than 200 kilograms of cocaine.  The defendant sold multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine to lower level dealers throughout Metro Denver.

“This is a significant sentence that is justified by the scale of the drug trafficking operation and the quantity of cocaine being imported into Colorado,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn.  “We hope other dealers will see this sentence and get the message that peddling drugs in Colorado has harsh federal penalties.” 

“This investigation targeted a significant cocaine trafficking organization in the Denver metropolitan area,” said DEA Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Deanne L. Reuter. “This investigation is another prime example of the commitment of the DEA, working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners, to dismantle and remove drug trafficking organizations in order to protect our communities.”  

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