Long prison sentence for Thornton man after cocaine bust

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A Thornton man drew a 18-year prison sentence June 29 after his guilty plea to distribution of a controlled substance.

A press statement from the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office said investigators with the North Metro Drug Task Force arranged to buy two kilograms of cocaine from Mario Diaz-Miranda, 28, in Thornton. DA spokesman Chris Hopper said the purchase was made in a parking lot, and the arrest followed.

"Investigators found cocaine inside of Diaz-Miranda’s vehicle, and an additional 48 kilograms were located inside of a wall of an apartment associated with the defendant," Hopper said in the press statement. "In total, $2.1 million worth of cocaine was seized as a result of this investigation."

Diaz-Miranda's sentence was 18 years in the Department of Corrections plus three years of parole.

“This was an extraordinary amount of drugs to get off our streets” said District Attorney Brian Mason in the statement. “Drug traffickers pose a significant danger to this community, and we’re working tirelessly to combat them.  I applaud the North Metro Task Force for their work on this case.” 

 The North Metro Drug Task Force is comprised of members from the following agencies: Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Westminster Police Department, Thornton Police Department, Commerce City Police Department, Broomfield Police Department, Brighton Police Department, Northglenn Police Department and the Federal Heights Police Department. The task force performs large-scale and long-term investigations designed to disrupt and dismantle narcotics trafficking organizations and their sources of supply, according to the statement.

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