DENVER – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces that Joel Flores of Greeley, Colorado was convicted by a federal jury of possession with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prior felon.
According to the facts presented at trial, Flores was the passenger in a vehicle that crashed while attempting to evade a police officer. After the crash, Flores and the driver fled on foot. Flores was located a short time later hiding under a porch in a nearby trailer park. Officers searched Flores and located a baggie containing methamphetamine, cash, and a 9mm bullet. Law enforcement searched the area and recovered a firearm and more cash in the area near where Flores fled from the vehicle.
“Drug dealing and guns are a potential volatile mix,” said Acting United States Attorney Matt Kirsch. “Our prosecutors are committed to doing their part, together with our law enforcement partners, to keep our communities safe.”
“It is a top priority for ATF to prevent prohibited individuals from possessing firearms,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge David Booth. “We are proud to work with our local and Federal partners to stop such individuals from bringing violence into our communities.”
United States District Court Judge William J. Martinez presided over the jury trial that began on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and concluded on Friday. Flores will be sentenced on November 17 at 9:30AM.
This case was investigated by the Greeley Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by the Violent Crime and Immigration Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.
CASE NUMBER: 19-cr-522
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