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Breaking: 45 pounds of fentanyl seized in Longmont

One person in the arrest has ties to Sinaloa Cartel.
Longmont Police in coordination with other local drug enforcement agencies seized around 45 pound of a fentanyl and cocaine mixture in Longmont on Dec. 2, 2022.

Dec. 6 Update:

Police arrested Adalberto Reyes-Carrillo, 48,  around 10:14 a.m. on Friday at the Super 8 Hotel, located at 2446 Main St. 

The DEA and the Front Range Task Forces received information on Nov. 29, identifying a potential drug supplier was in Longmont. After coordinating with the Longmont Special Investigations Unit, a coordinated effort to set up a drug purchase was put into place, according to the arrest affidavit for Reyes-Carrillo. 

The purchase was established to take place in the Super 8 Hotel in Longmont. Reyes-Carrillo arrived around 10 a.m. in a white F-150. He was seen moving a Coleman cooler to a Black Ford Expedition, according to the arrest affidavit.

"It was determined the cooler obtained several brick like packages wrapped in black electrical tape with suspected Fentanyl," the affidavit states.

Police found 14 packages in the cooler, which later tested positive for fentanyl. The packages weighed a total of 44.916 pounds or 20.374 kilograms. 

Reyes-Carrillo was arrested at the scene without incident, according to the affidavit.

Official charges for this case have not been released. The charges listed on the arrest affidavit include unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, or sale and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. 

At present, the DEA, the Boulder County District Attorney's Office and the Longmont Police have stated they are not able to release any additional information in this case.

Original story:

Longmont Police Special Investigators teamed up with other local drug enforcement agencies to seize almost 45 pounds of fentanyl on Friday. Officials said, one person arrested has direct ties to Sinaloa Cartel. 

On Friday, the DEA Rocky Mountain Division, in coordination with the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Front Range Task Force, or RMHIDTA, Homeland Security Investigations Denver Division and the Longmont Police Department Special Investigations Unit seized nearly 45 pounds of a fentanyl and cocaine mixture in Longmont. 

The details on exactly where in Longmont have not been released.

Adalberto Reyes-Carrillo was arrested during the seizure and may have ties to the Sinaloa Cartel. The Boulder County District Attorney's Office requested Reyes-Carrillo be held on a $1 million bond, however, the judge in the matter set the bond to $500,000, according to a news release from the DEA's office.

“The Sinaloa Cartel is one of two primary cartels responsible for flooding the United States with dangerous and deadly fentanyl,” said Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Rocky Mountain Division Brian Besser. “This case is another example of how we continue to attack these networks at every level to save lives throughout the Rocky Mountain Division and beyond. This operation was a success thanks to a truly collaborative effort on the part of our local, state and federal partners.”

Fentanyl deaths in Colorado rose over 70% in 2021 and is responsible for over 100,000 deaths nationwide, said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge, HSI Denver.

"Fentanyl deaths have taken a terrible toll on families throughout Colorado and continue to surge. The Longmont Police is thankful to the DEA, HSI, Front Range Task Force, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, and the RMHIDTA for their partnership and work in our community,” said Longmont Police Chief Jeffrey Satur. “45 pounds of powdered fentanyl is an incredible seizure, which will likely save countless lives throughout Longmont and Colorado as a whole.”

Reyes-Carrillo remains in custody, according to the news release.

This story is ongoing and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Correction: Police initially reported the suspect's name as Alberto Reyes-Carrillo. It has since been corrected to Adalberto Reyes-Carrillo.

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