PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) participated in a coordinated operation with multiple other agencies on Thursday that resulted in the arrest of three wanted fugitives across southern Colorado and the recovery of drugs, money, and a gun.
According to the PCSO, 14,000 fentanyl pills, a half-pound of methamphetamine, thousands of dollars in cash, and a handgun were recovered Thursday. The Fentanyl is worth an estimated street value of $70,000.
The PCSO coordinated with the U.S. Marshal Service of Colorado, the Otero County
Sheriff, Colorado Parole, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and Fountain Police Department for the operation that resulted in the arrests of fugitives Gabriel Bencomo Diaz, 24, of Pueblo, Richard Frantz, 51, of La Junta, and Bryan Six, 45, of Manzanola.
Diaz was arrested in Pueblo after he was spotted driving a vehicle by detectives. The PCSO said as detectives were securing the vehicle, they saw in plain view, an open backpack that had what appeared to be a large amount of counterfeit Fentanyl pills, a significant amount of cash, and a handgun. They ended up recovering $16,190 in cash, approximately 14,000 Fentanyl pills, methamphetamine, and a 40-caliber handgun, according to the PCSO.
Diaz was wanted on a federal warrant for violation of probation for robbery.
That same day, Richard Frantz was arrested in La Junta on a warrant for dangerous drugs, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. Brian Six was arrested in Manzanola on a warrant for escape, according to the PCSO.
The sheriff's office said this is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
“The drugs seized in this case saved lives in this community,” said Pueblo County Sheriff David Lucero. “This was a significant amount of Fentanyl that was taken off the streets in Pueblo County. We know there is more out there, and we are committed to continuing to work with our law enforcement partners to further seek out and remove these types of drugs from our community. This was great work by all involved.”