Published on February 23, 2018
GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A man who plead guilty last month to a class one drug felony, will spend the next 20 years in prison.
Friday morning, a Weld County judge sentenced Juan Frausto-Fonseca, 33, to 20 years in the Department of Corrections for his role in a large drug distribution scheme.
Law enforcement officers believe Frausto-Fonseca had ties to a drug cartel in Mexico, that would deliver large amounts of methamphetamine to Denver.
According to court documents, Frausto-Fonseca would then act as a middleman and distribute the drugs to dealers in northern Colorado.
Officers arrested him last April when he was picking up a shipment of meth at a home in Denver. About 17 pounds of meth and cocaine were confiscated from the property during the time of his arrest.
“Times are tough for everybody,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Benjamin Whitney said during the sentencing hearing Friday morning. “But when you decide you want more money, and you decide to sell drugs, that’s a choice. That’s a choice he made. He decided to introduce massive amounts of poison to the community. He had other options to make a living but he chose the easy way out.”