Three suspects charged in raid in court this week

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Three men charged in last month's police raids targeting an alleged area drug organization are scheduled to appear this week before Judge Mary Lynne James.

Luis Alcantar Burciaga, 26, and Ignacio Rodriguez, 57, both of whom are free on bond, are due to appear for preliminary hearings at

10 a.m. Tuesday in Moffat County Court.

Alcantar Burciaga is charged with felony possession and distribution of a controlled substance in an alleged Nov. 4 undercover drug buy involving an officer with the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team (GRAMNET).

The alleged transaction at Alcantar Burciaga's apartment included 3.5 grams of cocaine sold for $180 -- an incident recorded using electronic surveillance, according to an arrest warrant.

Officers similarly recorded an alleged Jan. 28 buy at Rodriguez' Craig business. He is alleged to have sold 39.2 grams of methamphetamine for $650 to another GRAMNET officer, according to the warrant.

Rodriguez also is charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

A conviction on the distribution charge in both cases carries up to a possible 32 years in state prison.

Roberto Loya, 26, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before James at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Loya also is charged with felony possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

He's being held at the Moffat County Jail on $20,000 bond.

The arrest warrants remain sealed by James in Loya's case and three others charged in the April 7 raids in Craig and Hayden.

Seven adults face felony drug charges stemming from the pre-dawn operation involving 40 law enforcement officers who executed three search warrants at separate Craig apartment complexes.

Vicente Gomez Medrano, whom authorities sought to arrest April 7, remains at large and is believed to have fled to Mexico,

according to Daniel Reuter, special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Denver.

Gomez Medrano is charged in a six-count felony complaint alleging possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

His brother, 37-year-old Benito Gomez Medrano, is charged with nine felonies and is being held at the Moffat County Jail on $250,000 bond. Police allege that he ran a drug organization, which, Reuter said, operated out of Moffat and Routt counties and was supplied with narcotics from Mexico.

Reuter said additional arrests are not pending in the case.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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