Omar Guerra-Neri, 35, was one of 29 people indicted in November 2007 for transporting and selling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, said Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey. His ring sold more than 360 pounds of heroin and up to 200 kilograms of cocaine annually in Colorado and other parts of the United States, according to investigators. "If we are going to make headway, as far as a deterrence goes, you have to try to chop off the head as much as possible," Storey said. "He is in the top echelon of this drug organization, as we know it."
Guerra-Neri and others brought cocaine, heroin, meth and other drugs into Colorado from Mexico using "drug mules" and specially modified cars, Storey said. From here, some of the drugs were smuggled to other parts of the country. Between June and November 2007, authorities uncovered several pounds of drugs, a number of guns, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash from Guerra-Neri's ring. One raid in November netted 1,343 grams of heroin and 852 grams of cocaine at a "stash house." In other raids, about $32,000 in cash, 16.5 grams of cocaine and more than 850 grams of meth were seized in Denver and Thornton. Guerra-Neri was out of the country when the indictments were handed down in November, but he was arrested when he returned in April. Guerra-Neri has told investigators he's been illegally coming and going between the U.S. and Mexico for 20 years. On Sept. 26, Guerra-Neri pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and violation of the Colorado crime-control act. Of the 29 people indicted with him, 25 have pleaded guilty