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Authorities seize 60 pounds of heroin, arrest five in historic drug bust in Puebla, Colorado

November 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities seize 60 pounds of heroin, arrest five in historic drug bust in Puebla, Colorado

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Five arrested in massive drug bust in Puebla, Colorado

Authorities seized over 60 pounds of heroin and other drugs and arrested five suspects in a historic drug bust in Pueblo, Colorado.

As part of the probe, which was launched in December, investigators searched two residences and one business, named Get Your Fix Automotive, resulting in the discovery of over 60 pounds of heroin, 2.5 pounds of meth, 50 grams of cocaine, $540,000 in cash, and 35 firearms, including several guns that were stolen, along with a machine gun.

Authorities said the heroin alone is worth roughly $8 million, and if cut for distribution, could make up about 40,000 doses. Officers said the drug was sold on the streets of Pueblo, as opposed to being saved for distribution in other cities, Fox21 reported.

Daniel Vasquez, Roger Bujanda, Jesus Mercado Valdez, Gage Rael, and Leonard Aragon / Pueblo Police Department

Five suspects were indicted on federal charges of possession with the intent to distribute illegal narcotics.

The co-conspirators have been identified as Daniel Vasquez, Roger Bujanda, Jesus Mercado Valdez, Gage Rael, and Leonard Aragon. Vasquez, Bujanda, Valdez, and Rael also face charges for possession of firearms by felons.

If found guilty on the drug charges, the suspects face five years to life behind bars, along with fines of up to $250,000 and face up to 10 years and penalties of up to $250,000 for the weapons-related charges.

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