By Matt Kroschel
Pueblo- Five suspects are on the run and 24 more are behind bars following a major drug bust in southeastern Colorado.
Police told NewsChannel Five those who were arrested are facing various drug charges in Colorado State District Court in Pueblo.
Authorities said The nine month investigation focused on a heroin trafficking organization headed by Juan Ramon Rocha Rodriguez. Rocha Rodriguez was responsible for the transport of large quantities of heroin from Southern California into Colorado for distribution and sale in Pueblo.
The investigation culminated August 5 when investigators seized 10.3 pounds of black tar heroin from a vehicle. The heroin was concealed in a hidden compartment. Also seized during the investigation were $43,131 cash, 2 handguns, and 12 vehicles.
Acting Special Agent in Charge Merrill said, "What is disturbing
to me about this case is the fact that the bulk of the seized heroin was
to be sold in the Pueblo area - not destined for some major city."