PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Authorities announced a massive drug bust operation that was years in the making out of Colorado.
On Thursday, the Pueblo Police Department announced two people were still wanted out of Pueblo in the case. Diana "Dee" Sandoval, aka "Diana Pacheco" and Ray Rodriguez, aka"Joker." Both are pictured at the top of this article.
The city of Pueblo shared information on "Operation Double Dippin" with the public on Wednesday. The investigation started in February of 2017 and resulted in the indictment and/or arrests of 65 people by the Colorado Attorney General's Office and by the Pueblo County district attorney. As of Wednesday, 40 of the 65 people charged have been arrested. During the investigation, $1.25 million was seized along 33.7 pounds of cocaine, 126.6 pounds of methamphetamine, 56.2 pounds of heroin, 31 guns and seven vehicles.
The investigation started with small street-level buys of drugs in Pueblo. Over time, authorities realized the breadth of the illegal drug operation was taking place over the entire Front Range of Colorado, according to the city of Pueblo.
"Further intelligence gathered from this investigation identified three organizational distribution branches," The City of Pueblo stated in a release. "The primary distribution cell was linked to the PAYAN DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION (DTO) based in Mexico. The PAYAN DTO has been identified as a DTO distributing heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine to Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Washington, and other states. Within Colorado, the organization was distributing throughout the entire I-25 corridor, from Trinidad to Denver."
The focus of the investigation was in Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver. The investigation used 47 Colorado state wire intercepts, search warrants on vehicles and residences, and undercover and confidential source drug purchases.
The HIDTA Southern Colorado Drug Task-Force started the investigation and was made up of members from the Drug Enforcement Administration Colorado Springs Resident Office, Pueblo Police Department, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs Police Department, Teller County Sherriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, and the Department of Homeland Security.