UPDATED 8:52 AM PT — Friday, November 8, 2019
Authorities announced the arrest of a dozen people, following a series of raids conducted in Colorado. On Thursday, the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special agent in charge said 19 search warrants were executed in the Denver and Colorado Springs area.
Although details surrounding the arrests are slim, officials say some of those in custody have ties to motorcycle gangs. Denver’s district attorney said the individuals will be charged under the state’s Organized Crime Control Act, which is used to prosecute criminal conspiracy enterprises.
"The Hells Angels just got raided next to us."
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“Those final charges haven’t been determined yet, but we do expect to file a COCA claim, which is the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act,” stated Denver district attorney Beth McCann. “…which we use when we do have an enterprise, a criminal enterprise and a criminal conspiracy, where we have several people working together to commit criminal activity.”
According to officials, this investigation started back in June. Those in charge of the operation also pointed out that this is not just a Hells Angels case, and said there are other people involved.