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FBI seizes 61 pounds of heroin, arrests 5 suspects in Pueblo

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday morning several indictments and arrests for heroin possession in Pueblo.

Agents arrested 5 people facing charges including possession of heroin, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. 

A total of 61 pounds of heroin, 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 50 grams of cocaine, and more than $500,000 in cash were seized during this operation.

Also seized were 35 firearms, including some that were reported stolen and a fully-automatic weapon.

An FBI spokesman equates the 60 pounds of heroin to 40,000 doses that will not be on the streets of Pueblo.

"This is poison. And that poison spawns violent crime," said Pueblo Police Chief Troy Davenport.

The operation spanned two homes and the Get Your Fix Automotive shop, all in Pueblo. Among those arrested, Daniel Vasquez, Rodger Bujanda, Jesus Mercado and Gage Rael. All four are charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm. Leonard Aragon is facing possession with intent to distribute heroin charges.

"This series of cases reflects forensic partnership policing at its best," said Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. "Dangerous individuals and their poison and weaponry are now gone. With minimal disruption, Pueblo is a safer place." 

Authorities are not releasing specifics on what lead them to start the investigation and how it unfolded. The details are being withheld until the cases go to court.

"The outcome of this case is indicative of the success that can be attained when agencies combine resources to dismantle drug trafficking organizations," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers.
 

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