Craig The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed criminal charges Monday against 14 suspects who authorities think are part of an organized drug distribution network.
The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested 11 Hispanic men March 25 in Craig - suspects the task force alleges are tied to one of Northwest Colorado's biggest trafficking organizations as well as Mexican organized crime.
The men allegedly sold drugs in Moffat, Routt and other Colorado counties, the task force reported.
• Horacio Contreras-Alcala, 34.
• Armando Zavala-Flores, 37.
• Marco Contreras-Alcala, 31.
• Juan Luis Contreras-Alcala, 24.
• Heriberto Chavez-Hernandez, 21.
• Edgar Bladimir Pena-Villalva, 28.
• Arcadio Contreras-Alcala, 28.
• Randalfo Valenzuela-Lopez, 23.
• Ariel Iran Pena-Diaz, 27.
• Abel Gonzalez-Vivanca, 35.
• Julio Cesar Carlin-Robles, 36.
Ten of the suspects face at least the same four charges - distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, two counts of possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to sell or distribute and conspiracy to distribute or manufacture a Schedule 2 controlled substance.
The controlled substances are alleged to be between 25 and 450 grams of methamphetamine, amphetamine or cocaine, according to the criminal complaint.
Marco Contreras-Alcala faces an additional count of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to sell or distribute and a sentence enhancer of a possession of a deadly weapon by a special offender.
Edgar Pena-Villava, a suspect who was arrested on a warrant, unlike the others who were taken on warrant-less arrests, faces two counts of distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to sell or distribute and conspiracy to distribute or manufacture a Schedule 2 controlled substance.
Prosecutors also added two sentence enhancers - direct conspiracy of selling or distributing a controlled substance and committing the previously alleged offenses which "constituted a substantial source of the defendant's income and in which the defendant manifested a special skill or expertise," according to the complaint.
The court has sealed all warrants in the case, according to records.
During a bond hearing Thursday, Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner set Pena-Villava's bond at $1 million cash or surety and Marco Contreras-Alcala's at $500,000 cash or surety.
Bond for the other nine each wereset at $250,000 cash or surety.
The 11 suspects are scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. April 9 in county court.
Charges also were filed Monday against three other suspects believed to be part of the same distribution network.
Vita Pilar Hochreiter, Russell Stewart McDiffett, both 34, and Mallory Dean Johnston, 24, each are charged with a sole count of distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. They are slated for mid-April court appearances.
ACET's investigation into the case continued Saturday in Craig.
About 11:30 a.m., the task force and the Craig Police Department served a search warrant in the 600 block of Russell Street. The warrant yielded about two ounces of methamphetamine - with a street value of approximately $6,000 - and drug paraphernalia.
The location is thought to have been used by several of the suspects arrested earlier in the week, Wiggins said. The task force commander said additional arrests could happen in the future.
"There is always the possibility more people could be involved as this case continues to move forward," he said.