DEA arrest 17 over taco truck where 'customers could order a side of crystal meth' with their food

Police seized 55 lbs of methamphetamine in record bust

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The Independent US

Seventeen people have been charged after police discovered a food truck purporting to sell tacos and burritos was actually selling customers crystal meth.

Authorities in Denver who seized 55 lbs of methamphetamine from a taco trailer said customers could literally walk up to a food trucks and “order a side of meth with their taco”.

“After conducting five wiretaps over five weeks, 55 lbs of meth was taken off the streets,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “The brazenness of this ring was astounding.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 37, allegedly worked with others to coordinate importing the drug along with cocaine from Mexico into California, the Washington Post reports. He would then distribute the drug to his aunts and others to sell from the taco truck, according to the indictment filed against him.

Oscar Ruvalcaba, 29, is accused of being the “load car” driver who transported the drugs into Colorado before transporting them to Gonzalez.

Maria Arellano, 39, allegedly sold the methamphetamine out of her taco trailer.

Speaking after the arrests, DEA Special Agent in Charge Barbra M. Roach said guns and money were also seized during the investigation.

She said: "Today’s (Monday) arrests represent the final dismantlement of the apex of this organized transnational criminal activity operating in Colorado.”