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Federal agents and Longmont police officers arrested two key players in a methamphetamine operation that investigators believe was the primary supplier of the drug to local buyers. CLICK HERE FOR MORE: http://bit.ly/YAFG83.

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<p>AO 91 (Rev. 02/09) Criminal ComplaintUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTIor the District oI United States oI America )))))v.Case No.DefendantCRIMINAL COMPLAINTI, David L. Crosby, the complainant in this case, state that the Iollowing is true to the best oI my knowledge and belieI.On or about the date oI in the county oI in the District oI , the deIendant violated U. S. C. , an oIIense described as Iollows:This criminal complaint is based on these Iacts: u Continued on the attached sheet.Complainants signaturePrinted name and titleSworn to beIore me and signed in my presence.Date:Judges signatureCity and state:Printed name and titleDistrictoIColoradoSEE ATTACHEDBoulderColorado 21 841 &amp; 846From in or about April 2012 through December 2012, the defendants did knowingly and intentionally conspire todistribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of a mixture orsubstance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections841 and 846s/David L. CrosbySpecial Agent David L. Crosby, DEA//////////August 25, 2012 20 Feb 2013Judges signatureDenver, CO Kristen L. Mix, U.S. Magistrate Judge13-mj-01029-KLMCase 1:13-mj-01029-KLM Document 1 Filed 02/20/13 USDC Colorado Page 1 of 21ATTACHMENT TO COMPLAINTHilario Rodela,George Luis Pedroza,Jorge Giovany Lugo-LugoMartin Lopez,Marc Alan Brooks,Ranell Lynn Navarrette,Jesus Rodela,Defendants.Case 1:13-mj-01029-KLM Document 1 Filed 02/20/13 USDC Colorado Page 2 of 211AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF COMPLAINTYour affiant, David L. Crosby, being duly sworn, does depose and state that:1. Your affiant, David L. Crosby, is a Special Agent with the Drug EnforcementAdministration (DEA), currently assigned to the Denver Division Office, Front Range TaskForce. Your affiant has been with the DEA for approximately twenty-one (21) years. During thattime, I have investigated narcotic traffickers/distributors within Denver, Salt Lake City, andWashington DC metropolitan areas.2. Except as otherwise noted, the information set forth in this affidavit is from your affiant'spersonal knowledge. Unless otherwise noted, wherever in this affidavit your affiant asserts that astatement was made, the information was provided by another law enforcement officer or aconfidential informant (who may have had either direct or hearsay knowledge of the statement)to whom your affiant has spoken or whose report your affiant has reviewed. Such statements areamong many statements made by others and are stated in substance and part, unless otherwiseindicated. Likewise, information resulting from surveillance sets forth either your affiant'spersonal observations or information provided directly or indirectly through other lawenforcement officers who conducted such surveillance. Your affiant has not included details ofevery aspect of this investigation. Facts not set forth herein are not being relied upon in reachingmy conclusion that a complaint should issue. In addition, your affiant does not request that theCourt rely on any facts not set forth herein in reviewing this affidavit.3. Your affiant has personally participated in the investigation of the offenses referred to inthis affidavit, and from this participation, and from oral and written reports of other lawenforcement agents, your affiant is familiar with the facts and circumstances of thisinvestigation. Based upon this knowledge, your affiant alleges the facts in the paragraphs belowto demonstrate that:4. Your affiant submits that this affidavit sets forth probable cause to believe that Hilario Rodela, Martin Lopez, George Pedroza, Marc Brooks, Ranell Navarrette, Jesus Rodela,and Jorge Lugo-Lugo have violated 21 U.S.C. Section 846, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 gram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.5. On October 25, 2011, Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant Steve Salas was patrolling on Interstate 70 near mile post 156 in Emery County, Utah. Sergeant Salas observed a silver passenger car pass his stationary location with window tinting that was darker than Utah law allows. Sergeant Salas initiated a stop on the silver passenger car with California license plate 6NDF719. Sergeant Salas approached and made contact with the two adult female occupants. The driver, Mary Beltran, provided Sergeant Salas with a California Identification card. Sergeant Salas asked Beltran if she would be willing to allow him to make sure there was nothing illegal inside the vehicle, and Beltran gave Sergeant Salas consent to search her vehicle. Sergeant Salas opened a bag and observed clothes and a yellow plastic bag. Inside the bag were four bricks of what appeared to Sergeant Salas to be cocaine. The bricks were wrapped in plastic and axle grease. Beltran was arrested and subsequently charged in the United States District Case 1:13-mj-01029-KLM Document 1 Filed 02/20/13 USDC Colorado Page 3 of 212Court for the District of Utah with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The suspected cocaine was analyzed by the DEA Western Laboratory and found to be 3972 grams of 70.5% pure cocaine.6. On April 2, 2012, agents from the DEA Salt Lake City, Utah office conducted a safety valve interview of Mary Carmen Beltran at the Unites States Attorney's Office. Beltran stated she was dating a brother of Martin Lopez. Beltran stated she thought Lopez lived in Aurora, Colorado, and that his supplier lives in Mexico. Beltran stated Lopez asked her to transport drugs for him and, because she was out of money and did not have a job, she consented. Beltran stated the first time she transported narcotics was in March of 2011. She said that on her first trip, she transported two to two and one half kilograms of cocaine, and was paid two to three thousand dollars. Beltran said that Lopez flew to California from Colorado and met with her. They then drove to an apartment complex in Southgate, California, where Beltran pulled to the front of a garage and met an individual named "Compa. From there, Beltran stated she would start driving directly to Lopez's place in Colorado. She said that Lopez traveled with her only on the first trip, and that Lopez was the only person making the deliveries to Colorado before she started. When she arrived in Colorado she would drive to an apartment complex in Aurora. Beltran stated she was paid approximately $2,000 per trip for a total of four trips. Beltran said she usually split the money with whoever accompanied her. She was paid upon completion of each trip.7. In April 2012, the DEA Front Range Task Force received information from a Confidential Source (CS) regarding the drug trafficking activities of Hilario Rodela. The CS said that approximately three weeks ago he/she ran into Junior at the flea market at 88thand Highway 76. The CS said that Junior told the CS that he was currently in a half-way house but was also selling methamphetamine. The CS said that Junior offered him/her a sample of what he had and the CS said that he would acquire some later. The CS was subsequently shown a photograph of Hilario Rodela, who the CS identified as Junior. The CS has been cooperating with law enforcement since February 2012, after the CSs arrest for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. During the CSs cooperation, he/she has provided information that has been proven truthful through independent investigation and has not provided information which has proven to be intentionally false. The CS is cooperating for consideration in the criminal case and has not received any monetary consideration. Information provided by the CS has resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and directly led to the arrest of six defendants for possession of drugs and conspiracy to distribute drugs. Also, the CSs information has assisted in the prosecution of two additional individuals.8. On April 26, 2012, the CS made a controlled purchase of one ounce of methamphetamine from Rodela. This purchase was arranged by the CS, who called Rodela. The CS and Rodela then discussed the purchase of larger amounts. The suspected methamphetamine was analyzed by the DEA Western Laboratory and found to be 28.3 grams of 86.2% pure methamphetamine.9. On May 3, 2012, at approximately 10:01 am, the CS received a call from Hilario Rodela. The CS asked Rodela if he would see Rodela in 20 minutes, referring to meeting Rodela to purchase two ounces of methamphetamine. RODELA said that he was able to reach Case 1:13-mj-01029-KLM Document 1 Filed 02/20/13 USDC Colorado Page 4 of 213the guy, his source of supply, and was going to meet him at Highway 7 and I-25. Rodela said he would give the CS a call and confirmed that the CS wanted "two." 10. Records for Rodelas phone show that immediately before calling the CS, Rodela called aphone subscribed to Groege Peoroza (sic) at 6530 Gifford Drive, Commerce City, Colorado. Subsequently, this phone number was identified as being utilized by George Luis Pedroza when Pedroza was stopped by police for a traffic offense on May 3, 2012, and he provided this number as his telephone number. Additionally, Mary Carmen Beltran said she used this address to mail documents to Martin Lopez.11. On May 3, 2012, at approximately 10:30 am, the CS called Rodela. The CS asked if Rodela was almost there, and Rodela said "my friend," meaning his source of supply, was coming to his house from Aurora. Rodela said he would call as soon as he heard from the guy. The call-detail records for Rodelas phone show that Rodela received a call from Pedrozaimmediately before the call from the CS.12. At approximately 12:38 pm, Rodela called the CS. Rodela told the CS, very ready over here. The CS said they were on their way. At this same time, surveillance observed a vehicle arriving at Rodela's residence. Subsequently, George Pedroza was identified as the driver. The CS and your affiant, acting in an undercover capacity, then met with Rodela and purchased from him two ounces of suspected methamphetamine for $2,400. This suspected methamphetamine was analyzed by the DEA Western Laboratory and found to be 54.8 grams of 59.6% pure methamphetamine.13. On May 10, 2012, George Pedroza and his brother, Isaac Gonzalez-Pedroza, were arrested by the Denver Police Department in the area of 2096 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado. A search of their vehicle revealed one package containing 432.2 grams of 89% methamphetamine and a second package containing 27.023 grams of 91% methamphetamine.14. Based on an analysis of call-detail records for Pedroza, Rodela and Lopez, as well as statements subsequently made by Lopez to your affiant, your affiant believes that George Pedroza was Hilario Rodelas supplier for methamphetamine and, following his arrest, Rodela began to receive his drug supply from Martin Lopez who had been Pedrozas supplier. Pedroza also is the brother of Lopezs paramour, Tania Pedroza.15. On May 18, 2012, the CS called Hilario Rodela and discussed the purchase of a q.p. (referring to 1/4 pound of methamphetamine) and the acquisition of a sample of chiva (referring to heroin). The CS and Rodela agreed that the deal was going to be conducted the following Tuesday.16. On May 21, 2012, at approximately 1:42 pm, the CS called Rodela and confirmed the transaction for the following day. At approximately 4:04 pm, the CS received the following text message from Rodela: "I got those 4 tires U needed for tomorrow already." The CS understood this to mean that Rodela had obtained the 1/4 pound (or four ounces) of methamphetamine, as agreed.Case 1:13-mj-01029-KLM Document 1 Filed 02/20/13 USDC Colorado Page 5 of 21417. On May 22, 2012, at approximately 1:10 pm, the CS received the following text message from Rodela: "How long til you get to my house." At approximately 1:18 pm, the CS received a call from Rodela. The CS told Rodela that he/she was about to arrive. Rodela asked what time, and the CS told Rodela to go on outside as he/she was just arriving. At approximately 1:20 pm, the CS again called Rodela. Rodela asked if the CS was outside and directed him/her to come inside. The CS declined and said that he/she was with his/her brother-in-law, which was a reference to SA David Crosby, acting in an undercover capacity. Rodela said he would be outside shortly. 18. At approximately 1:23 pm, SA Crosby observed Rodela coming from 10 9th Avenue, Lot 1. Rodela walked to the passenger side of the CS's vehicle and shook hands with your affiant. Rodela then handed your affiant a "Slime" Tire Inflator box. Inside the box, your affiant observed what appeared to be approximately four ounces of methamphetamine. Your affiant then handed Rodela $4,800 in official funds, which Rodela placed in his front pants pocket. Your affiant asked Rodela about obtaining a sample of heroin. Rodela said that he did not have the sample but was going to see his heroin supplier that afternoon in Denver. Rodela quoted your affiant a price of $500 for 1/4 ounce of heroin. Rodela explained that your affiant would have to "front" the money to him, and he would obtain the heroin within two hours. Your affiant said he needed to speak with someone else and then let Rodela know. Shortly thereafter, your affiant and the CS departed. Your affiant made an audio and video recording of this transaction. The suspected methamphetamine was analyzed by the DEA Western Laboratory and found to be 110.6 grams of 99.9% pure methamphetamine.19. On May 25, 2012, at approximately 12:44 pm, the CS called Rodela. The CS asked if the stuff was different, referring to the methamphetamine, and Rodela said it should be the same because it was from the same guy. The CS said it seemed darker, and Rodela said that it was someone different because the other guy was in Califo...</p>