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    Illegal Immigrant Heroin Ring from Mexico Busted in Denver

    by ROBERT ARCE
    17 Jan 2018
    Denver, CO

    A Mexico-linked heroin trafficking ring operating in the Denver metro area was busted after a 61-count grand jury indictment accused six men of racketeering activities from April to December 2017. Five defendants were living in the U.S. illegally.

    According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, four of the men had been deported multiple times and detainers were issued for four of the six defendants. One of the six’s immigration status was still unknown, and one is not yet in custody according to the Denver Post.

    The six were indicted as a result of a long-term investigation conducted by the West Metro Drug Task Force, which made undercover purchases or seized 3,305 grams of heroin. Search warrants at four stash houses reportedly turned up an additional 3,215 grams of heroin and $6,700.

    The investigation revealed that the defendants were allegedly importing heroin from outside of Colorado and using multiple stash houses in the Denver metro area to store drugs.

    According to investigators, buyers would call a point of contact who would act as a dispatcher and arrange where drugs would be delivered. A runner would meet the buyer, and return the cash to a defendant identified as Fermin Flores-Rosales, 41, who then allegedly wired the buy money to banks in Mexico.

    According to ICE, Flores-Rosales, his co-defendants Cristobal Flores-Rosales, 47; Yoel Soto-Campos, 21; and Joel Torrez-Espinoza, 25; were illegally in the United States. Torrez-Espinoza was previously convicted in 2012 in Utah of felony possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

    A fifth defendant, Mario Acosta-Ruiz aka Alfonso Rosales-Alverez, was in the U.S. illegally from Mexico as well.

    A sixth defendant, 24-year-old Juan Borques Meza, was also indicted. ICE did not share information on his immigration status. Torrez-Espinoza was identified as the defendant not yet in custody.

    All six defendants were charged with criminal conspiracy and racketeering for violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) and for the alleged distribution of drugs.

    District Attorney Peter Weir said, “This indictment and the dismantling of this heroin ring goes a long way towards stopping the flow of heroin into our community.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/...busted-denver/
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    Just goes to show that legalizing marijuana doesn't slow down the Mexican drug cartels as some would have us believe.
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    Legalizing weed doesn't slow down the illegal heroin market, it slows down the foreign weed market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Legalizing weed doesn't slow down the illegal heroin market, it slows down the foreign weed market.
    My point is it doesn't do a thing to get rid of the drug cartels. Reduce their marijuana profits and they just expand their operations in other areas to make up for the deficit. Honestly, I don't really believe it does much to reduce the flow of illegal pot, it just reduces the profit margin somewhat. The drug cartels will always undercut the so-called legal pot trade (not federally legal).

    Legalizing and taxing pot does more to create more new clients than it does to supply the crowd that buys it cheaper from distributors that get the drug from the cartels.

    I realize what I've said doesn't exactly fit the narrative you've been espousing on here over the last few years, but it is the way I see it. Nationally legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana is not going to bring an end to the drug cartels or the criminal environment they create.

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    Good job of ICE many thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW View Post


    My point is it doesn't do a thing to get rid of the drug cartels. Reduce their marijuana profits and they just expand their operations in other areas to make up for the deficit. Honestly, I don't really believe it does much to reduce the flow of illegal pot, it just reduces the profit margin somewhat. The drug cartels will always undercut the so-called legal pot trade (not federally legal).

    Legalizing and taxing pot does more to create more new clients than it does to supply the crowd that buys it cheaper from distributors that get the drug from the cartels.

    I realize what I've said doesn't exactly fit the narrative you've been espousing on here over the last few years, but it is the way I see it. Nationally legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana is not going to bring an end to the drug cartels or the criminal environment they create.
    The illegal weed market is 70% of the total illegal drug market in the US. Heroin, cocaine and meth are the other 30%. Legalizing weed only addressed the 70% illegal weed market. You have to do full legalization of all drugs to shut down the rest, which I support, with regulations to control it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    The illegal weed market is 70% of the total illegal drug market in the US. Heroin, cocaine and meth are the other 30%. Legalizing weed only addressed the 70% illegal weed market. You have to do full legalization of all drugs to shut down the rest, which I support, with regulations to control it.
    You're not hearing me. Legalizing marijuana nationally will not get rid of the drug cartels, nor will it eliminate the distribution of marijuana by the cartels.

    As for your comment regarding the legalization of all illegal drugs ...... well that comment, in my opinion, is so ridiculous I'm not even going to justify it with a comment.

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    It will shut 'em down. No doubt about it. No one is going to buy from these thugs when they can walk into a nice safe store to make their purchases.
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    Not taking sides but legalizing weed will solve nothing but empower people to get stoned wherever they want and cause more problems.

    They will be getting stoned before work and at lunch. This will create a lot of problems for Employers.

    Now these stoners will be "coming out of the closet". Best to keep them in the closet to get stoned.
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    The reality is people who smoke pot are no better or worse than anyone else, whether in the work place or elsewhere.
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