Man behind major drug trafficking organization gets 120 years

Published on May 25, 2022

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GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Weld County judge sentenced a Greeley drug dealer to more than 100 years in prison Monday afternoon.

Luke Braziel, 49, was sentenced to 120 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for his involvement in a major drug trafficking operation in 2019.

In April, a jury found Braziel guilty of: fourteen counts of conspiracy – controlled substances, and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

The Weld County Drug Task Force started a wiretap investigation into the drug operation in the fall of 2019. The gang unit with the Greeley Police Department also investigated the operation.

During the investigation, Braziel distributed at least 14 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin into the community within a month.

 “We’ll truly never know the true negative impact and the amount of secondary victims in this case” Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Pirraglia said during the sentencing hearing. “There is not another crime that impacts this many people the way that he has. This man made a business out of spreading poison throughout our community and feeding people’s addictions.”   

Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Pirraglia and Deputy District Attorney Patrick Roche prosecuted this case.


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