Posted: Oct 10, 2009 3:29 PM by James Jarman
Updated: Oct 10, 2009 3:29 PM
BELOW IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE FROM COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE
Beginning in March of 2009, detectives from the Metro Vice Narcotics and Intelligence Unit (MVNI) began an investigation into allegations of distribution of methamphetamine in our area. Undercover detectives quickly realized that the separate individuals they were interacting with were in fact a large and organized group that was connected to a single individual. This individual, Luis Angel Vega, AKA "Tricky", Age 24, was also found to have ties to a local street gang known as the La Familia-Surenos. It is widely known to law enforcement that many street gangs utilize the sale of narcotics to fund other illegal activities. MVNI detectives and supervisors then collaborated with the FBI Southern Colorado Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force who assisted with additional investigative resources. Coined "Operation Jeez Luis", the investigation grew, and MVNI detectives and FBI agents developed information that at least sixteen (16) members or associates of this organization were directly involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the region.
On October 6, 2009, the investigation culminated in the execution of twelve (12) search warrants throughout the region in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Denver. Several of these activities were conducted simultaneously, and included the following law enforcement agencies and units: * Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence * FBI * FBI Safe Streets * ATF Agents and Tactical Team * El Paso County Sheriff's Office detectives, Deputies and SWAT Team * Colorado Springs Police Department detectives, officers, and the Tactical Enforcement Unit (SWAT) Team * Teller County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team * Fountain Police Department officers and SWAT Team * Pueblo Police Department * South Metro Drug Task Force detectives Through the course of this investigation, detectives seized: * 815 grams (1.79 pounds) of methamphetamine ice (valued at $326,000.00)
* 16.2 grams of cocaine (valued at $1620)
* 974 grams (2.14 pounds) of marijuana (valued at $3896)
* 56.6 grams of mushrooms (valued at $283)
* 5 firearms
* $8,475.00 US currency A total of fifteen (15) individuals have been arrested as a result of this inquiry.
Their names and photographs accompany this release. This investigation is an excellent example of the collaborative and unselfish efforts that local and federal law enforcement agencies engage in to eradicate illegal activities such as this in our region. Through the use of multiple agencies, and their resources, this large illegal operation has been dismantled, and a significant source of illegal drug activities in our community has been disrupted.
Note to Media: Any identified individuals that have been charged with a crime, and the circumstances surrounding their arrests are allegations, and those persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.