July 26, 2008

Drug Sting Nets Six Arrests in Loveland

By Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Jul. 26--Larimer County Drug Task Force officers arrested six people earlier this month after a four-month investigation into a methamphetamine trafficking organization throughout northern Colorado and Wyoming.

Officials report that the arrests will have a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network, according to a prepared release. Officials are still investigating and expect to make more arrests soon.

So far, police arrested six people, all on suspicioun of multiple felony charges related to the possession and distribution of methamphetamine under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. They all are at the Larimer County Detention Center:

--Juan Vargas, 33, of Loveland

--Oscar Ortega, 34, of Westminster

--Christopher Ganni, 30, a transient, Larimer County

--Michael Alex Ganni, 21, a transient, Larimer County

--Dana F. Bragg, 34, of Loveland

--and Dominic Potenzieri, 47, of Loveland.

Police continue to search for Joshua Hill Hurst, 30, of Loveland. He is wanted on suspicion of possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

Nine search warrants were conducted as part of the investigation in and around the city of Loveland on July 2, the release stated. One additional search warrant was executed in Westminster on July 3. SWAT Teams from Larimer County Sheriff's Department, Loveland Police Department and Fort Collins Police Services assisted with the search warrants, the release stated.

In their searches, authorities seized about 1 pound of suspected methamphetamine, $146,000 in cash and 13 firearms, including hand guns, sawed off shotguns and an assault rifle, the release stated.


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