Two Aurora men were in custody after Utah authorities seized 15 kilograms of cocaine and helped federal authorities crack a drug ring that allegedly shipped cocaine from Los Angeles to metropolitan Denver.
Federal charges were expected to be filed against the two, who were arrested last week and are being held in a federal facility in Colorado, U.S. Attorney Mike Norton said Tuesday.Officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the U.S. attorney's office and the Aurora Police Department announced the arrests at a news conference Tuesday. In custody were William Taylor, 33, and Clayton Bullard, 32, both of Aurora.
Philip Perry, special agent in charge of the DEA in Denver, said the bust culminated an investigation that began in June. The 15 kilograms of cocaine seized would have a street value of more than $1 million, he said.
Authorities said more arrests were expected as a result of the drug seizure.
"Anytime you make a seizure of that magnitude, you know the raw cash that would have been generated by the cocaine doesn't go back into the criminal system," Perry said.
A Utah State trooper stopped a 1978 Cadillac driven by Taylor on I-15 near Beaver last Thursday. The officer found marijuana on the seat of the car and arrested Taylor. Five kilograms of cocaine were found under the seat of the car and 10 more inside the spare tire in the car's trunk, Perry said.
"The stop was a very fortuitous pipeline-type stop made by the Utah State Patrol," said Bob Pence, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI office. "Fortunately more and more police agencies are using those types of stops on major highways and are seizing a lot of cocaine. Those types of stops are being made as part of the ball game."