Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced yesterday that numerous law enforncement agencies had coordinated to swoop in and seize over 55 pounds of methamphetamine, netting 17 indictments in the process. Of those, Maria Arellano is accused of selling meth out of her taco trailer, El Paisa Mex ... More >>
Those of us whose knowledge of meth manufacture pretty much begins and ends with Breaking Bad will get a reality check from the following gritty, grungy, glamour-free photos of drugs, guns and more seized by the Metro Gang Task Force after busting not one but two alleged drug trafficking organizatio ... More >>
In his heyday, Montgomery Chitty was a prominent Aspen resident and pal of area celebrities such as the late Hunter S. Thompson and Ed Bradley. Lately, however, he's been hanging out with inmates, owing to his conviction in relation to a cocaine operation that ran between Aspen and L.A. for years - ... More >>
We recently shared the concerns of Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area director Tom Gorman, who's worried that Mexican cartels losing money due to higher-quality Colorado pot will force their way into the local marijuana business using extortion and threats of violence. Most of our r ... More >>
Last week, Hector Diaz was formally charged by federal prosecutors with using more than $500,000 in Colombian cash to invest in the Colorado marijuana industry. Others indicted along with Diaz insist that none of the targeted transactions had any connection with foreign drug gangs. But a longtime i ... More >>
After our latest post about marijuana profiling, we were contacted by plenty of folks who say law enforcers in other states conducted traffic stops and searches that appear to have been based solely on their Colorado license plates. Among the most memorable tales comes from 65-year-old Sandra Lenga, ... More >>
Big pic below.Decorative Concrete Finishes' Anthony Harvey is the star and narrator of videos on his YouTube channel in which he and his crew reveal how an average backyard can be transformed into a showplace; see examples below. However, his current spotlight time doesn't focus on his skills ... More >>
Don't mess with Pam Grier. The Colorado-residing actress is known for her bad-ass roles in blaxploitation films like Foxy Brown and Coffy, which are both screening tonight as part of the Crest Film Series at Crossroads Theater. In advance of the screening, we took a look at the top five ass-k ... More >>
Pierre Werner.Update: Earlier this week, we told you about an investigation in Las Vegas targeting Pierre Werner, who ran a Boulder dispensary under his nickname, Dr. Reefer, before Colorado law established that a former felon like himself couldn't own an MMJ center. Now, the U.S. Attorney's ... More >>
Colorado Border School sounds like an illegal immigration forum. But founder Pam Faraone, a chaplain with the Southwest Border Sheriffs Coalition in Texas, insists that's not the case. "Border School really isn't about immigration," she says. "It is the rest of the story about the issues of b ... More >>
Large photos below.Last month, Ron Rocha, a volunteer baseball coach for Regis University, was on the losing end of an intra-squad matchup dubbed the Fall World Series. But he suffered an even greater defeat yesterday, when he was among 35 people named by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the bus ... More >>
Ramon Chavez.Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has announced the bust of an alleged nine-member drug ring, in which suspects such as Ramon Chavez and Gabriel Farias-Chavez are said to have transported up to fifty pounds of meth per month from Mexico into Colorado. Their storage container ... More >>
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County, Arizona deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
Dan TangWhen you stop in at Heaven Dragon, the popular Thornton eatery that served President George W. Bush on three separate occasions, you'll likely notice two things missing. One is Dan Tang, the restaurant's workaholic owner, since on Monday he went to prison to start an eighteen-month se ... More >>
Stan Garnett.Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, who's challenging John Suthers for the job of Colorado Attorney General, was able to burnish his law-and-order credentials today via the actions of a grand jury, which just handed down a 127-count, seventeen-person indictment aimed at a Lon ... More >>
The drama continues around Operation Fortune Cookie, the largest weed bust in state history, which imploded amid accusations of snitching cops, paid-off politicians and bureaucratic retribution. Last week, the drug investigation's main suspect, politically connected restaurateur Dan Tang, re ... More >>
Dan Tang is facing 18 months in prison.This afternoon, Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel sentenced prominent Thornton restaurant owner Dan Tang to eighteen months in prison for his part in the largest marijuana bust in state history -- more than the probation requested by his lawyers, ... More >>
Dan Tang's sentencing is tomorrow: Exclusive!Update, 12:34 p.m.: Channel 31 reporter Julie Hayden has responded to an interview request on this subject. Look below the original item to read what she has to say. In an age of shrinking newsroom resources, media organizations are borrowing from ... More >>
Tomorrow, a jury of eighteen Denver County residents will begin to hear evidence that Willie Clark killed Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams on New Year's Day 2007. They'll also hear evidence that he didn't, in a trial that's expected to take two weeks and include testimony from convicted ga ... More >>
Tom Gorman thinks Colorado is going to pot -- and he's out to clean up the mess.The Denver Post has labeled Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, a "drug-war soldier" who didn't get the memo that the battle was over. Medical marijuana advoca ... More >>
Dan TangThis morning, prominent Thornton restaurant owner Dan Tang pled guilty to one count of money laundering for his role in what investigators labeled the "Dan Tang Drug Trafficking Organization." When authorities took down the drug ring in February 2008, they came away with 24,000 mari ... More >>
Miguel Angel Caro-Quintero once sold weed by the ton. Yes, the ton.Miguel Angel Caro-Quintero, 46, who entered a guilty plea Friday in regard to charges against him in Colorado and Arizona, isn't just any drug peddler. As one of the reputed leaders of Mexico's Sonora cartel, he became the stu ... More >>
This, my friends, is what three pounds of meth looks like.I'm a proud native of the Western Slope, and when I grew up in Grand Junction, the main substance we had to worry about was uranium. Those were the days. Now, reports about meth busts are the opposite of unusual -- although few can com ... More >>
Coming to a medical-marijuana dispensary near you?Opponents of medical-marijuana laws like Colorado Attorney General John Suthers are increasingly playing the crime card -- implying that the proliferation of dispensaries in Colorado is fueling illegal and increasingly dangerous behavior (with ... More >>
As described in this week's feature story, "Tales of the Dragon," prominent Thornton restaurateur Dan Tang has agreed to plead guilty to one count of money laundering for his involvement in a massive marijuana ring -- even though authorities believed Tang had much more involvement than just money l ... More >>
Travis Henry during his locker-room days. Back in September, former Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry was arrested in relation to a series of cocaine-related charges -- but because the drugs in question were found in Montana, the trial took place there rather than in Denver. That proceeding ... More >>
A Flickr photo Escaping from a halfway house isn't the same as busting out of jail. After all, it can be done while walking instead of running. But it's still a serious offense in the eyes of the law, which is why Alejandro Barron-Reyes, 34, was just sentenced to eighteen months for splitting from ... More >>
Friday, November 28, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7352.
Mexicans and Englishmen aren’t so far apart.
On July 19, both Denver dailies published major stories about the Elite Eight, a gaggle of gangbangers identified as persons of interest in a slew of major felonies, including the murder of Denver Bronco Darrent Williams. But while the Denver Post's article, penned by Felisa Cardona, surpassed Sara ... More >>
Port of Miami (Def Jam)
Su Teatro's El Sol Que Tú Eres is an uneasy marriage of styles.
Friday, September 2, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
They Call Me SUG'Z [shoog'z] (Greenback Records)
From the week of October 21, 2004
Telluride lawman Bill Masters is no dope. So what turned him against the war on drugs?
The government says he killed more people than Tim McVeigh. He lives in a cell a hundred miles from Denver. So how come you've never heard of La Quica?
The drug trade in Denver and the surrounding area is getting worse -- much worse.
When the U.S. declared war on drugs, Colorado's carnation industry went up in smoke