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 as an artisan, but as the alleged leader of a drug ring specializing in cocaine and meth.
According to a 95-count, 84-page long indictment, Harvey used Decorative Concrete Finishes' Fort Collins office as the headquarters of an enterprise that peddled an estimated $1 million worth of cocaine per month through Fort Collins to places as far afield as Montana. That required a lot of blow -- ten to twenty kilos every four weeks or so, authorities estimate.
And cops say the group's members didn't limit themselves to a single product. They're also accused of dealing meth -- multiple pounds' worth per month -- plus marijuana and other controlled substances.
Diversification: That's just good business.
Such a large scheme required an equally massive law-enforcement response. As such, the North Metro Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted by the Larimer County District Attorney's Office and the Colorado Attorney General's Office, combined in a take-down dubbed Operation Whiteout. Over the course of several months, investigators tracked Harvey and a slew of apparent co-conspirators before swooping in.
A total of 33 people are named in the indictment. As of yesterday, 22 of them, including Harvey, were in custody. Agents also collected five pounds of cocaine, one pound of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of marijuana, fifteen firearms and more than $90,000 in cash.
Given the current economy, when fewer and fewer of us can afford to pour thousands into landscaping, such a market's got to look attractive. But if Harvey is convicted, he'll have a hard time upgrading his cell.
Look below to see a larger version of Harvey's mug shot, two examples from his YouTube channel and the aforementioned indictment.
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