ICE detainers have been issued for five of the six people indicted on charges of running a heroin trafficking ring in Jefferson County and other parts of metro Denver.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, four of the men had been deported multiple times before they were indicted on Dec. 22, accused of receiving shipments of heroin from outside Colorado, storing the drugs in four stash houses, and then wiring some of the proceeds from sales to people outside of the U.S.
During the investigation led by the West Metro Drug Task Force, cops made undercover purchases or seized of 3,305 grams of heroin.
According to investigators, potential buyers called and spoke with a dispatcher who told them where and when the drugs would be delivered. A runner then would meet the buyer, and return the cash to Fermin Flores-Rosales, 41, who then wired some of the money to banks in Mexico.
According to ICE, Flores-Rosales, who is from Mexico, has been previously deported multiple times, and is illegally present in the U.S. ICE lodged a detainer on him with the Jefferson County jail on Dec. 5. The next day, ICE asked for detainers for his co-conspirators, Cristobal Flores-Rosales, 47, and Yoel Soto-Campos, 21. Both men are from Mexico, had been deported previously and are in the U.S. illegally, an ICE spokesman said.
On Friday, ICE filed a detainer for Mario Acosta-Ruiz, 30, aka, Alfonso Rosales-Alverez. Acosta-Ruiz, who is from Mexico, is in the U.S. illegally.
The agency also filed a detainer for Joel Torrez-Espinoza, 25. Torrez-Espinoza, who is from Mexico and had been deported from the U.S. multiple times, was convicted in 2012 in Utah of felony possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
A sixth man, 24-year-old Juan Borques Meza, also was indicted. ICE did not have information on his immigration status.
Fermin Flores-Rosales, Cristobal Flores-Rosales, Borques Meza, Acosta-Ruiz and Soto-Campos all have been arrested and were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Torrez-Espinoza is in custody but was unable to appear Tuesday.
ICE detainers are a request that a law enforcement agency maintain custody of a person in the country illegally for up to 48 hours so ICE may take custody of the individual. ICE places immigration detainers when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is deportable.
In these types of circumstances, undocumented immigrants typically serve their sentence in the U.S.