Heroin ring busted, officials say heroin use on rise among young people

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The West Metro Drug Task Force says it has busted a heroin distribution ring that was selling drugs to as many as 100 customers a day Primarily in Jefferson County.

“The age of the customer base was primarily young people in their late teens to mid-twenties, and detectives believe this group was distributing approximately one-half pound of heroin on a weekly basis,” says Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

“Heroin use is on the rise with young people,” Techmeyer says.

He says the distribution system went into action when customers would call a “dispatch center for the drug runners.” The runners were then sent to meet customers at various locations where the heroin was sold.

Acela Davalaos-Castanedo (left), Reynaldo Anguiano-Valdivia (center), Julio Cesar Gandara-Quinones (right)

Acela Davalaos-Castanedo (left), Reynaldo Anguiano-Valdivia (center), Julio Cesar Gandara-Quinones (right)

Techmeyer says the group would sell to as many as 100 customers a day throughout Jefferson County but especially in Lakewood and Arvada.

Four people were arrested at two Denver residences on Friday, Sept. 14. Police served search warrants at 7600 Tejon St. and 2030 W. 26th Ave. #2504 at the same time.

Techmeyer says all four suspects are illegal immigrants from Mexico. They’re identified as Acela Davalaos-Castanedo, Reynaldo Anguiano-Valdivia, Julio Cesar Gandara-Quinones and Gustavo Adolfo Valdivia-Garcia (he is not pictured).