IN THIS SECTION Links Summary Articles (Summary of listings with a little more detail) Gangs in Southern Colorado Mexican Restaurant/Food Service linked to Cartels… Articles (Summary of listings with a little more detail) AREAS: Southern Colorado Western Colorado Denver BOOKS WEBSITES/INFO (crime-fighting orgs, police groups, etc) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LINKS SUMMARY 2011/10/31--4cbs-https //denver cbslocal com/2011/10/31/authorities-say-mexican-cartels-in-colorado/ 2017/08/14--4cbs-https //denver cbslocal com/2017/08/14/grand-junction-sin-city-disciples/ 2020/01/27--https //coloradosun com/2020/01/27/i-70-drug-busts-mesa-county-deputy/ 2016/04/07--https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/marijuana/mexican-drug-cartels-are-taking- full-advantage-of-colorados-marijuana-laws 2020/02/19--https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/30-indicted-in-denver-drug-trafficking-group- with-suspected-ties-to-mexican-cartel 2019/10/20--https //www denverpost com/2019/10/20/denver-hybrid-gangs-teen-gun-violence/ 2017/11/28--https //www fox21news com/news/gangs-in-southern-colorado/ 2019--https //gazette com/news/colorado-springs-mexican-restaurants-accused-in-money-laundering-scheme-with-ties-to- el-chapo/article_be600eba-3b9c-11e9-b2fa-cf924b9b89ad html 2017/09/28--https //www gjsentinel com/news/western_colorado/crime-with-gang-ties/article_4fd65c0d-3b34-51af- 9076-45a447908994 html 2018/07/30--https //herb co/news/legalization/colorado-black-market-mexican-cartels/ https //www insideprison com/regional_gang_activity_state.php?fips=8&stateName=Colorado ARTICLES - MORE DETAIL (Also check by area - Denver, etc.) 4 CBS Denver 2017/08/14 Detective: Murder Suspects Are High-Level Gang Members [Also under AREAS/Denver] 2017/08/14--https //denver cbslocal com/2017/08/14/grand-junction-sin-city-disciples/ 4 CBS Denver 2011/10/31 Authorities Say Mexican Cartels In Colorado [also under AREAS/statewide] 2011/10/31--https //denver cbslocal com/2011/10/31/authorities-say-mexican-cartels-in-colorado/ Denver Post 2019/10/20 Turf Ego and Dollars: Denver anti-gang activists rethink strategy as new "hybrid gangs" form. Hybrid gangs lack the organization, ethos of more traditional groups. By Elise Schmelzer [also under AREAS/Denver] 2019/10/20--https //www denverpost com/2019/10/20/denver-hybrid-gangs-teen-gun-violence/ Fox 21 News 2017/11/28 Gangs in Southern Colorado By Abbie Burke 2017/11/28--https //www fox21news com/news/gangs-in-southern-colorado/ The Denver Channel 2020/02/19 30 indicted in Denver Drug trafficking group with suspected ties to Mexican Cartel https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/30-indicted-in-denver-drug-trafficking-group-with- suspected-ties-to-mexican-cartel [also under ARTICLES/more detail] Excerpt: DENVER — Authorities on Wednesday announced the indictments of 30 people who are accused of being members of a Denver-based drug trafficking group with suspected ties to a Mexican cartel, according to officials and court documents. Federal agents seized a slew of drugs in the case, including about 400 pounds of methamphetamine and 15,000 fentanyl pills — a powerful synthetic opioid — that were disguised as prescription oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver. Five pounds of heroin and four pounds of cocaine were also seized during the investigation, which began in 2018. 2020/02/19--https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/30-indicted-in-denver-drug-trafficking- group-with-suspected-ties-to-mexican-cartel 2016/04/07 Cartels cashing in on Colorado's pot industry. By Sally Mamdooh [Also under Areas/City-WIde] https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/marijuana/mexican-drug-cartels-are-taking-full- advantage-of-colorados-marijuana-laws Excerpt: The legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado has not only been good for the local economy, but it has inadvertently helped fuel the business of Mexican drug cartels. "If you combine the legalization of marijuana and you combine that there are no regulations for the legalization of marijuana outside Colorado, it becomes an attractive criminal enterprises," said Jorge Duque with the Colorado Department of Law. Duque said cartels are now trading drugs like heroin for marijuana, and the trade has since opened the door to drug and human trafficking. “We have lots of victims. People are victimized whether they are being forced into prostitution, whether they are being kidnapped or just becoming addicts to illegal drug,” said Duque. And with that, Duque argued, comes money laundering. He said Cartels are often disguising their money through legally purchasing marijuana or buying houses and growing marijuana in it. 2016/04/07--https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/marijuana/mexican-drug-cartels-are- taking-full-advantage-of-colorados-marijuana-laws Gazette 2020/06/26 By Kaitlin Durbin Herb dot co 2018/07/30 Police Say Colorado’s Black Market is Run by Mexican Cartels, But They Have Little Proof Is law enforcement blaming the wrong people for the state’s illegal grows?Miroslav Tomoski [also under Areas/Statewide] https //herb co/news/legalization/colorado-black-market-mexican-cartels/ Excerpt: Despite periodic statements from members of Colorado’s law enforcement about Mexican cartel involvement in the state’s illegal grows, a report from The Colorado Springs Gazette finds there’s no available evidence to support these claims. “If we had that information, we would share that,” a spokesman for the Teller County sheriff’s office, Gregory Couch, told The Gazette. Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana at the ballot box in 2012. Ever since, law enforcement and prohibitionists alike. have argued that the state’s legal market has provided cover for illegal activity. As Mike Hartman of the Colorado Department of Revenue told NBC News in May, foreign cartels come to Colorado, “in an attempt to shroud their operations in our legal environment here and then take the marijuana outside of the state.” But the problem is that none of the law enforcement officials that the Gazette spoke to—including local and federal officials—could provide specifics. “What…authorities have provided is anecdotal examples of human trafficking,” writes the Gazette’s Kaitlin Durbin, noting that police refused her requests for further information. This could mean that law enforcement officials don’t want to risk exposing ongoing investigations or that the cartels are just really good at hiding their activity, but it doesn’t explain why they couldn’t provide information on closed cases or the lack of info police have on this subject, in general. Durbin reports that there’s no law enforcement database that tracks the black market in Colorado and estimates that the number of illegal grow ops in Colorado Springs and the surrounding counties is 650. 2018/07/30--https //herb co/news/legalization/colorado-black-market-mexican-cartels/ Colorado Sun 2020/01/27 A deputy’s knack for sussing out mules has made a lonely stretch of I-70 the top drug-bust site in Colorado. By Nancy Lofholm [also under Western Colorado] https //coloradosun com/2020/01/27/i-70-drug-busts-mesa-county-deputy/ Excerpt: Mesa County deputy Mike Miller has patrolled a stretch of desert west of Grand Junction for decades. The DEA says his busts have kept 20 tons of illicit drugs off the streets or more than two decades, Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Miller has been parking on this bit of asphalt to intercept drugs on a major artery for moving contraband that most often originates with cartels in Mexico. Miller has become a legend for pulling more drugs off the interstate at this west-of-Grand Junction outpost than at any other interstate interdiction point in Colorado. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that he is responsible for more than 1,000 seizures that have yielded more than 20 tons of drugs over the years. 2020/01/27--https //coloradosun com/2020/01/27/i-70-drug-busts-mesa-county-deputy/ AREAS State-Wide Applicability 4 CBS Denver 2011/10/31 Authorities Say Mexican Cartels In Colorado [also under Articles/More Detail and Links Summary] 2011/10/31--https //denver cbslocal com/2011/10/31/authorities-say-mexican-cartels-in-colorado/ Herb dot co 2018/07/30 Police Say Colorado’s Black Market is Run by Mexican Cartels, But They Have Little Proof Is law enforcement blaming the wrong people for the state’s illegal grows?Miroslav Tomoski [also under Articles/More Detail and Links Summary] https //herb co/news/legalization/colorado-black-market-mexican-cartels/ Excerpt: Despite periodic statements from members of Colorado’s law enforcement about Mexican cartel involvement in the state’s illegal grows, a report from The Colorado Springs Gazette finds there’s no available evidence to support these claims. “If we had that information, we would share that,” a spokesman for the Teller County sheriff’s office, Gregory Couch, told The Gazette. Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana at the ballot box in 2012. Ever since, law enforcement and prohibitionists alike. have argued that the state’s legal market has provided cover for illegal activity. As Mike Hartman of the Colorado Department of Revenue told NBC News in May, foreign cartels come to Colorado, “in an attempt to shroud their operations in our legal environment here and then take the marijuana outside of the state.” But the problem is that none of the law enforcement officials that the Gazette spoke to—including local and federal officials—could provide specifics. “What…authorities have provided is anecdotal examples of human trafficking,” writes the Gazette’s Kaitlin Durbin, noting that police refused her requests for further information. This could mean that law enforcement officials don’t want to risk exposing ongoing investigations or that the cartels are just really good at hiding their activity, but it doesn’t explain why they couldn’t provide information on closed cases or the lack of info police have on this subject, in general. Durbin reports that there’s no law enforcement database that tracks the black market in Colorado and estimates that the number of illegal grow ops in Colorado Springs and the surrounding counties is 650. 2018/07/30--https //herb co/news/legalization/colorado-black-market-mexican-cartels/ Southern Colorado (Includes Colorado Springs, Durango) Fox 21 News 2017/11/28 Gangs in Southern Colorado By Abbie Burke 2017/11/28--https //www fox21news com/news/gangs-in-southern-colorado/ Mexican Restaurant Link to Cartels Gazette dot com 2019 Colorado Springs Mexican Restaurants accused in money laundering scheme with ties to El Chapo 2019--https //gazette com/news/colorado-springs-mexican-restaurants-accused-in-money-laundering- scheme-with-ties-to-el-chapo/article_be600eba-3b9c-11e9-b2fa-cf924b9b89ad html Denver Denver Post 2019/10/20 Turf Ego and Dollars: Denver anti-gang activists rethink strategy as new "hybrid gangs" form. Hybrid gangs lack the organization, ethos of more traditional groups. By Elise Schmelzer 2019/10/20--https //www denverpost com/2019/10/20/denver-hybrid-gangs-teen-gun-violence/ The Denver Channel 2020/02/19 30 indicted in Denver Drug trafficking group with suspected ties to Mexican Cartel https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/30-indicted-in-denver-drug-trafficking-group- with-suspected-ties-to-mexican-cartel [also under ARTICLES/more detail] Excerpt: DENVER — Authorities on Wednesday announced the indictments of 30 people who are accused of being members of a Denver-based drug trafficking group with suspected ties to a Mexican cartel, according to officials and court documents. Federal agents seized a slew of drugs in the case, including about 400 pounds of methamphetamine and 15,000 fentanyl pills — a powerful synthetic opioid — that were disguised as prescription oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver. Five pounds of heroin and four pounds of cocaine were also seized during the investigation, which began in 2018. 2020/02/19--https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/30-indicted-in-denver-drug- trafficking-group-with-suspected-ties-to-mexican-cartel 4 CBS Denver 2017/08/14 Detective: Murder Suspects Are High-Level Gang Members 2017/08/14--https //denver cbslocal com/2017/08/14/grand-junction-sin-city-disciples/ Western Colorado GJ Sentinel 2017/09/28 CRIME WITH GANG TIES loose affiliation with Satan's Disciplies Police: Loosely affiliated Satan's Disciples criminal ring behind recent brazen burglary and fire in Grand Junction. Gabrielle Porter https //www gjsentinel com/news/western_colorado/crime-with-gang-ties/article_4fd65c0d-3b34- 51af-9076-45a447908994 html Excerpt: The thieves who targeted 2805 Mesa Ave. apparently tried to burn down the home using a flare and a Molotov cocktail before making their escape, according to recently unsealed court documents penned by a Grand Junction police officer. The Grand Junction Police Department's weekslong investigation — which initially started with no leads and no witnesses — eventually led them to an informant, who implicated his fellow gang members and told law enforcement that not only was the attack coordinated, but that a crew had gone to the address ready to kill anyone they found inside, the report said. 2017/09/28--https //www gjsentinel com/news/western_colorado/crime-with-gang- ties/article_4fd65c0d-3b34-51af-9076-45a447908994 html Colorado Sun 2020/01/27 A deputy’s knack for sussing out mules has made a lonely stretch of I-70 the top drug- bust site in Colorado. By Nancy Lofholm [also under Western Colorado] https //coloradosun com/2020/01/27/i-70-drug-busts-mesa-county-deputy/ Excerpt: Mesa County deputy Mike Miller has patrolled a stretch of desert west of Grand Junction for decades. The DEA says his busts have kept 20 tons of illicit drugs off the streets or more than two decades, Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Miller has been parking on this bit of asphalt to intercept drugs on a major artery for moving contraband that most often originates with cartels in Mexico. Miller has become a legend for pulling more drugs off the interstate at this west-of- Grand Junction outpost than at any other interstate interdiction point in Colorado. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that he is responsible for more than 1,000 seizures that have yielded more than 20 tons of drugs over the years. 2020/01/27--https //coloradosun com/2020/01/27/i-70-drug-busts-mesa-county-deputy/ BOOKS Competing for Control: Gangs and the Social Order of Prisons. By David Pyrooz and Scott Decker A Colorado and Arizona author and university -linked book; won the 2021 ACJS Outstanding Book Award; Texas prisoners interviewed Excerpt… CU Boulder’s David Pyrooz and Arizona State University colleague win the outstanding book award from Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A groundbreaking look at prison gangs, as revealed by the gang members themselves, has won a top honor from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the group announced recently. David Pyrooz, a University of Colorado Boulder sociologist, is co-author of Competing for Control: Gangs and the Social Order of Prisons, which has won the 2021 ACJS Outstanding Book Award. Pyrooz and co-author Scott Decker of Arizona State University interviewed 802 prisoners—half of whom were gang members—in two Texas prisons. While there is much speculation about these gangs, there is little solid research, the book’s authors explain. Using data from the interviews, Pyrooz and Decker explore how gangs organize and govern, who joins gangs and how they get out, the dark side of gang activities including misconduct and violence, the ways in which gang politics spill onto the street, and the connections between street and prison gangs. WEBSITES FOR INFO ON CRIME Regional Gang Patterns in Colorado excerpt from that website: Choose a county, city, village or town from the list of regions below to view more detailed statistics on gang activity for that region. Statistical data include (where available) at the time the data were collected: number of active gangs in the region, number of youth gangs in the region, number of active gang members in the county, the approximate time period at which gangs first appeared in the county. With all statistics are comparisons with state and national data on the same measures, detailed demographic and socio-economic data for the region, and a selection of correlations between these data and the gang trends, themselves. https //www insideprison com/regional_gang_activity_state.php?fips=8&stateName=Colorado Updates: 2021/01/17 Page--Colorado Crime started
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