Would you like a SIDE of METH with that Taco?

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says customers of this food truck could order a side of meth with their taco. (Provided by the Colorado Attorney Generals Office)
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says customers of this food truck could "order a side of meth with their taco." (Provided by the Colorado Attorney General's Office)

By Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

Meth tacos: 17 indicted in Colorado bust of alleged drug ring

A joint federal and local law enforcement drug operation has resulted in the indictment of 17 people and the seizure of 55 pounds of methamphetamine in an alleged international drug ring that authorities say sold the drug out of a taco truck.

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced the state grand jury indictments Monday, calling the investigation, named “Operation Cargo,” one of the largest meth seizures in state history.

“The brazenness of this ring was astounding,” said Attorney General John Suthers. “For example, customers could literally walk up to a food truck and order a side of meth with their taco.”

The office said authorities conducted five wiretaps over five weeks. The investigation was focused in the Denver metropolitan area and specifically Adams County.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 37, is accused of being the leader of the ring, called the Gonzalez Drug Trafficking Organization. The indictment alleges that he ran the criminal operation from his BMW, organizing drug dealers, drug storage and money laundering.

“Gonzalez coordinated with others to primarily import meth as well as cocaine from Mexico into California for delivery into Mexico,” the office said in a news release. Authorities said Gonzalez primarily used his aunts to distribute drugs read more…

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