DURANGO, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Authorities in southwest Colorado say they have broken up a large methamphetamine ring and seized about 10 pounds of the drug worth $450,000 on the street.

The Southwest Drug Task Force says 14 people tied to the ring were arrested during the investigation that lasted about a month and a half.

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The alleged ring leader, 55-year-old Joseph Fitapelli, of Bayfield, was found carrying between $8,000 and $10,000 in cash.

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Investigators say stolen property, including weapons, also was seized.

The task force says it has confirmed the ring has connections to Las Vegas, California and Mexican drug cartels.

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The following people were arrested in connection with the bust:

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  • Joseph Fitapelli Bayfield Co. 55
  • Derrik Martinez Durango Co. 28
  • Jose Garcia-Ochoa Las Vegas NV 19
  • Pamela Chandler Durango Co. 50
  • Peyton St. Germain Durango Co 21
  • Loyd Groomer Farmington NM 58
  • Milton Korthank Durango Co. 38
  • Daniel Gastelo-Ochoa Las Vegas NV 24
  • Aaron McMinn Bayfield Co. 41
  • Danielle Burton Bayfield Co. 38
  • Ronnie Gunkel Bayfield Co 41
  • Cristian Lopez Las Vegas NV 22
  • Miguel Miranda-Sanchez Las Vegas NV 23
  • Travis Schield 49 Durango, Co

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