Sep 27, 2010 2:55 PM by Greg Boyce

Meth smuggled in car batteries

Nine people have been indicted for smuggling methamphetamine into Denver and northern Colorado inside functioning car batteries.

Among those indicted were Gabriel Farias-Chavez, 27, and Ramon Chavez, 30.  This drug ring was suspected of moving up to 50 pounds of meth per month into the Denver metro area and other parts of the state between March 1, and July 15, of this year.

 "This organization utilized a highly sophisticated concealment method of secreting methamphetamine in functioning car batteries to transport the drugs into the country. Once the drugs arrived in Colorado, a cutting agent was added which could easily double or triple the amount of methamphetamine hitting our streets. We believe the dismantling of this organization definitely will impact the short-term availability of methamphetamine in our communities," said Sgt. Gary Shaklee of the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force.


The Office of the Attorney General obtained the indictment with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force. Prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General and the Larimer County District Attorney's Office will present their cases against the defendants in Larimer County District Court.



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