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Colorado Judge sentences reputed meth kingpin to 32 years in prison

January 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Colorado Judge sentences reputed meth kingpin to 32 years in prison

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A Colorado judge has sentenced a reputed meth kingpin to 32 years in prison on Friday following a conviction on drug trafficking and distribution charges.

Mesa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand described 52-year-old, Daniel Randall, as the head of a massive drug organization that has potentially been operating in the Grand Valley since 2014.

Authorities arrested Randall and several other co-conspirators in May 2017 following a lengthy multi-agency investigation involving the use of wiretaps that resulted in a record seizure of methamphetamine.

Investigators identified Randall as the focal point of the organization who used a “storefront” property to conduct drug transactions.

Prosecutors charged the meth kingpin with multiple drug-related charges and one felony count of money laundering.

Authorities also indicted Randall with an additional count of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.

Daniel Randall, 52, was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Friday

However, Randall ultimately pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Hand said authorities conducted two controlled traffic stops and raided Randall’s home, seizing a total of 25 pounds of methamphetamine linked to his organization.

Investigators also seized six weapons during the operation.

During Friday’s court hearing, District Judge Valerie Robison agreed with prosecutors requests and imposed the maximum sentence of 32 years in prison, according to the Daily Sentinel.

“The court needs to send a message that people who are involved in this type of drug transaction… (are) subjecting themselves to a very stiff penalty,” Hand said before sentencing was imposed.

“This was the largest number of pounds of drugs we’ve recovered from a single wiretap investigation certainly in recent history, in the 20-plus years I’ve been in the office,” Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said.

“Wiretaps are extremely expensive, but there’s a reason we use them, But for a wiretap, we would not have known (Randall’s) massive role in this organization and been able to identify him as the kingpin,” Rubenstein added.

Two of Randall’s co-conspirators have already pleaded guilty including his ex-wife Amber Adams who was handed a 10-year prison term, while his girlfriend, Sarah Sutton, received 12 years in prison.

Cases for the remaining defendants remain ongoing.

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