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April 19, 2021Denver, CO, United StatesNarcotics

Colorado man convicted of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute

Defendant was found hiding in a field with drugs nearby

DENVER — A Colorado man was convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine April 19.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado in making the announcement.

Felipe Nevarez, age 40, of Alamosa, Colorado, will be sentenced for his crime at a later date.

Facts presented at trial established deputies with the Alamosa County Sherriff’s Department encountered Nevarez driving a black BMW April 3, 2019. At the time, Nevarez had several state warrants for his arrest. He evaded law enforcement by reversing the BMW at top speed down a rural driveway. Nevarez got out of the car and fled into an open field. After nearly forty-five minutes of searching, law enforcement found Nevarez hiding in a field within arm’s reach of a large bag of methamphetamine along with more than $16,000 in cash.

“The conviction of Nevarez for his interstate narcotics trafficking activities is the result of cooperation among law enforcement to keep dangerous drugs like methamphetamine out of our communities.” said Steven Cagen, Special Agent in Charge, HSI. “HSI will continue to prioritize the investigation of drug traffickers who distribute illicit narcotics in Colorado and bring criminal activity to our rural neighbors.”

“Our office is committed to prosecuting drug distribution crimes anywhere in Colorado,” said Acting United States Attorney Matt Kirsch. “Together with our law enforcement partners in Alamosa, we have secured an important conviction in the fight against methamphetamine, an addictive and dangerous drug.”

United States District Court Judge Robert Blackburn presided over the trial.

HSI, the Alamosa County Sherriff’s Department, the Alamosa Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Graves handled the prosecution.

HSI is a directorate of ICE, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

To report a crime, call 866-347-2423 (TTY for hearing impaired: 802-872-6196) or visit the ICE Tip Line.

Updated: 04/20/2021