Colorado drug dealer with Mexican cartel ties pleads guilty in court
GREELEY — A Greeley drug dealer with ties to Mexican drug cartels pleaded guilty Friday to multiple felony counts in Weld District Court.
Luis Angel Castro, 32, faces 10 to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, both felonies. He returns to Weld District Court at 8:30 a.m. February 13, 2019, for sentencing.
Castro was arrested April 25, 2017, with Juan Frausto, 34, who police think was responsible for flooding much of the Front Range with methamphetamine. Frausto would receive multiple pound shipments of methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico, which he would keep at a stash house at 3586 W. 64th Avenue in Denver.
Frausto would then serve as a middleman, selling smaller quantities of narcotics to drug dealers, such as Castro, who would distribute the product in their respective territories. Police say Castro primarily distributed narcotics in northeastern Colorado, including in Greeley.
Castro and Frausto were the targets of an investigation that lasted several months by the Weld County Drug Task Force in conjunction with the DEA and local police. The investigation included wiretaps and surveillance of Castro, Frausto and the Denver stash house.
The day they were arrested, Frausto had just received a shipment of 12 pounds of methamphetamine. Castro arrived at Frausto’s stash house about 1 p.m. to make a deal.
Police watched as the two men entered the house through the back door. When they re-emerged, Frausto was carrying a suitcase and Castro had a white plastic bag. Both men then got into a Nissan Altima. Police descended on the car, arresting Frausto and Castro.
Investigators seized 2.2 pounds of meth from a white plastic bag in the front passenger seat of Castro’s car, according to records. They also found another 13.7 pounds of the drug in a blue Dodge Neon parked on the back lawn, as well as 1.5 pounds of cocaine.
Frausto pleaded guilty in January to one count of distribution of a controlled substance. He was sentenced a month later to 20 years in prison. He will be deported back to Mexico upon his release.
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