KUSA - Federal and local law enforcement busted suspected members of a Mexican organization accused of distributing cocaine and meth in Colorado and other state, sources tell 9Wants to Know.
Four locations were searched in Aurora on Thursday as part of this drug bust, sources say.
Nine people have been arrested so far.
9Wants to Know saw members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Aurora Police Department at two locations in Aurora, one was a home, the other a business, in the Mississippi and I-225 area.
The civil forfeiture documents filed in federal court in Colorado name 14 people and mention there are others involved in bringing cocaine and meth from Mexico to Colorado.
In February of 2016, the DEA Strike Force Group began investigating illegal drug trafficking activities of Jose Tapia-Rubio who lived in the 1200 block of E. Arizona Avenue in Aurora, according to the civil forfeiture documents.
Court records indicate Tapio-Rubio operated a “multi-kilogram cocaine and methamphetamine distribution network” with drugs supplied from Mexico.
Tapia-Rubio is named in the court records, among 13 other people. He is listed as the owner of El Rancho Market, also raided on Thursday.
According to the documents, some of the drugs sold by Tapia-Rubio were brought in from Mexico, via California.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network records show that between 2013 and 2016, Tapia-Rubio made 140 cash deposits totaling more than $3 million dollars to various financial institutions.
During the same time, another defendant, Rodrigo Mora-Sanchez, made 33 cash deposits totaling more than $600,000.
The investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force has been going on for at least a year.
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