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Food truck business selling tacos busted for selling meth as side dish (video)

By Mason White 9:57 AM September 24, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A food truck business was shut down after police found that they were selling meth as a side dish to tacos, prosecutors in Colorado said.

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced one of the largest single incidents of methamphetamine seizures by law enforcement in state history in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Colorado Department of Revenue Criminal Tax Enforcement Section, The West Metro Drug Task Force, the Adams County District Attorney’s Office, Thornton Police Department and Denver Police Department.

17 individuals have been indicted by the statewide grand jury for operating a network that sold methamphetamine throughout the Denver-metro area.

Known as “Operation Cargo,” the 64-count indictment alleges charges that include violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy, Money Laundering, and Tax Evasion.

“After conducting five wiretaps over five weeks, fifty-five pounds of meth was taken off the streets,” said Attorney General John Suthers.

“The brazenness of this ring was astounding. For example, customers could literally walk up to the food truck and order a side of meth with their tacos,” he said.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez (D.O.B. 08/23/77), Monica Gonzalez (D.O.B. 05/04/60), Oscar Ruvalcaba (D.O.B. 06/01/85), Luz Gonzalez (D.O.B.05/27/64), Maria Arellano a/k/a “Nena” (D.O.B. 08/31/75), Patrick Shane Lorenzo (D.O.B. 08/20/79), Enrique Campos (D.O.B. 07/15/70), Jennifer Seipp (D.O.B. 11/17/82), Joe Baier (D.O.B. 06/06/57), Tina LeBlanc (D.O.B. 03/10/75), Frank Hardy (D.O.B. 06/10/58), Matthew Skipp a/k/a “Mateo” (D.O.B, 06/12/62), James Michael Loeffler (D.O.B. 11/18/56), Jennifer Joy Ganje (D.O.B. 09/01/74), Jason Jacquez (D.O.B. 09/11/74), Danielle A. Ulibarri (D.O.B. 01/10/73), and Hugo Macias Arevalo (D.O.B. 04/02/72) were all named in the indictment.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez was the leader of the Gonzalez Drug Trafficking Organization. Gonzalez coordinated with others to primarily import meth as well as cocaine from Mexico into California for delivery in Colorado.

Oscar Ruvalcaba is accused of being the “load car” driver, who transported the drugs into Colorado and delivered them to Juan Carlos Gonzalez.

According to the indictment, upon receipt of the drugs, Gonzalez would distribute them primarily through his aunts, Monica Gonzalez and Luz Gonzalez, as well as to others in the ring to sell.

Maria Arellano is accused of selling the meth out of her taco trailer located at 8th and Federal Avenue in Denver. All of the accused are currently in custody except for Patrick Lorenzo and James Loeffler, who remain at large.