Denver man found guilty in federal court of conspiracy to distribute cocaine

A Denver man, who goes by the alias “Money Mike” and was responsible for a large scale drug trafficking operation, has been found guilty in federal court of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, prosecutors said.

Michael Benitez-Lopez, 36, was found guilty Friday of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, one count of cocaine distribution and one count of use of a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, according to a U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado, news release.

Benitez-Lopez, from March 2017 to April 1, 2018, received and distributed more than 200 kilograms — 440 pounds — of cocaine which was sold to lower level dealers throughout the metro Denver area, the release said.

“Cocaine continues to be a serious problem in Metro Denver and in Colorado,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn. “Working with the DEA and other law enforcement partners, we are targeting these large-scale traffickers and their networks.”

The trial, before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer, lasted three days and the jury deliberated for two hours before reaching its verdicts.

Benitez-Lopez faces not less than 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison, the release said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 1.

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Source:: The Denver Post


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