VAIL, Colo. (CBS4) – A grand jury has indicted nine suspects wanted in connection to a drug ring in Vail that also involved weapons.
The suspects are accused of selling cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and heroin throughout Vail.
Those charged include William Claborn Mitchell, 23 of Vail, Mark Anthony Smith, 24 of Avon, Joshua Mingook Tubbs, 26 of Vail, Calen Stephen Golas, 25 of Vail,
Pele Robert Nesta Plummer, 24 from Eagle-Vail, Ryan Fenick, 24 of Avon, Christiaan Jakobus De Jager, 34 of Vail, Henry Aaron Mills, 22 of Vail, Nico Joseph Rogozinski, 24.
Investigators say most of the activity happened at the Underground bar at 304 Bridge St. in Vail Village.
The State of Colorado has since pulled the bar’s liquor license and it has been shut since last month.
Eight of the suspects were arrested on felony drug and weapons charges on the morning of June 27 while another arrest was made that afternoon. Seven of the nine suspects indicted by the grand jury were among those previously arrested by Vail police investigators.
In addition to the arrests, investigators searched two homes where the suspects lived or spent time. Firearms were found in both locations and police also seized cash and numerous types of drugs. Three vehicles used to conduct drug activity were also seized.
“Our department remains vigilant and tenacious in protecting the safety and security of our community,” said Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger in a statement. “Enforcement is one part of a comprehensive approach to the problems of drug abuse and drug-related crime. Drug trafficking and illicit drug abuse threatens a sense of security in neighborhoods, contributes to violence and often ruins the lives of drug users and their families.” Henninger continued that the community support is appreciated, “Our community has reached out to us, thanking the officers involved and expressing relief over the removal of drug dealers from their community.”