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Pair of Colorado drug trafficking suspects arrested

Undercover officers have arrested a pair of Colorado drug-trafficking suspects.

Along with these two men, an extensive list of indictments has been issued to 33 other individuals.

The two arrested owned legitimate businesses in Loveland and Fort Collins.

The first man, who is suspected to have imported methamphetamines from Mexico, owned a painting business.

The second man, from Fort Collins, is believed by law enforcement authorities to have imported cocaine and marijuana.

The suspects each face up to 24 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

Law enforcement officials believed this operation, at its peak, was distributing 10 to 20 kilos of cocaine and several pounds of marijuana a month.

During the raid, police seized 5 pounds of cocaine, 1 pound of methamphetamines, 26 pounds of marijuana, 15 firearms (many of which authorities claim were stolen), and over $90,000 in cash.

Police say the two men had been selling narcotics at various homes, businesses and public parking lots. Law enforcement officials also believe the men were dealing from their legitimate businesses as well as paying their employees with illegal drug money.

Observers say the effects on the businesses the men own are still unknown. Unfinished work from the Loveland painting company and the Fort Collins concrete company hurts the employees most. This trickle-down effect may increase over the coming months.

That's part of the ripple effect of a drug-related arrest: it can have serious negative effects on businesses, families, personal relationships, and of course, pose a real threat to a person's liberty and rights.

Source: reporterherald.com: "Authorities arrest 33 in major drug ring allegedly selling throughout Northern Colorado," Pamela Dickman, Nov. 9, 2011

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