LONGMONT - Longmont Police say they busted a meth ring in Northern Colorado and arrested the key player after a car chase and crash Tuesday night.
Police caught 31-year-old Terry Romero in Aurora on Tuesday.
Investigators tracked Romero to a home in Denver. When officers tried to pull him over Tuesday, they say Romero took off, ramming several unmarked police cars and then crashing into three other cars near South Parker Road and Peoria Street in Aurora.
Romero was transported to the hospital for minor injuries associated with the accident. As of Wednesday, he is in the Aurora City Jail Police say they recovered meth and a loaded .40-caliber handgun from his vehicle.
The arrest wraps up a six-month investigation dubbed Operation Bad Nickname. Police describe it as a bottom-up investigation into methamphetamine dealing in Northern Colorado.
Police considering Romero the ringleader.
"Terry Romero is a very serious offender. He had multiple warrants, and we considered him to be very dangerous, and we are very fortunate that we were able to get him under arrest," Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur said.
Over the weekend, police served five warrants related to the operation. They say they have made seven additional arrests in connection with the meth ring. Several other law enforcement agencies and the DEA assisted in the investigation.
"During this investigation, we've seized over 5 pounds of meth. We've taken multiple weapons off the street. We've recovered multiple stolen vehicles," Satur said.
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