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Food Truck Sold Tacos With Side of Meth

Newser, September 23, 2014

Tacos with a side of salsa, guac, and—meth? Seventeen members of an alleged international drug ring have been busted and indicted, the state's attorney general's office announced yesterday, revealing that one sales venue was a taco truck parked on the streets of Denver, the Denver Post reports. Officials seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine during "Operation Cargo," which Attorney General John Suthers calls "one of the largest meth seizures in state history." "The brazenness of this ring was astounding," Suthers said in a news release. "Customers could literally walk up to a food truck and order a side of meth with their taco." Code words like "six pack" and "yellow cups" conveyed the amount of meth requested, reports 9News.

Authorities accuse Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 37, of importing meth and cocaine from Mexico and running his entire operation out of his BMW. He went to great lengths to keep the drugs hidden—law enforcement says some of the meth was found under the floor of a red Mini Cooper—and he even kept it in the family: "Upon receipt of the drugs, Gonzalez would distribute them primarily through his aunts, Monica Gonzalez and Luz Gonzalez, as well as to others in the ring to sell," officials say, as per ABC 7. All but two of the 17 who were indicted are in custody, facing a variety of charges that include possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, money laundering, tax evasion, and conspiracy. (This kid turned in his own mom for cooking meth in her car.)