The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration admits it lost track of David Maldonado, a suspect who weighs over 100 pounds. of fentanyl in his possession after stealing his tracker and DEA cock.
In July, an unnamed Colorado State Patrol soldier withdrew Maldonado over to weave through the traffic. Although the officer told Maldonado at the time that he was only warning him, the officer said the suspect continued to look and act “extraordinarily nervous.”
Shortly thereafter, while Maldonado was visiting a convenience store restroom, drug-sniffing dogs reportedly discovered the presence of drugs in Maldonado’s vehicle. When the officer searched the vehicle, he discovered 48 packages of fentanyl powder weighing 114 pounds. total, hidden in catch compartments. It was reportedly the largest fentanyl bust on a US highway in history.
During subsequent interrogation, 27-year-old Maldonado allegedly admitted that he was transporting the drugs as part of a larger drug trafficking operation and that he was en route to South Bend, Indiana, to deliver the now-seized supply of fentanyl. Maldonado then reportedly promised that he would work with the DEA to help nab the kingpins of the South Bend operation.
However, at an unknown point during the trip to Indiana, Maldonado reportedly managed to evade the DEA agents who were following him. He also allegedly found the tracking device that was attached to his vehicle and somehow removed it. He is now considered a fugitive wanted for the unlawful distribution of more than 225 grams of a controlled substance and the introduction of that substance into the state of Colorado, both of which are criminal offenses.
The DEA has publicly stated that it is “relentlessly” searching for Maldonado and anyone else who may be involved in this drug trade. Maldonado is a US citizen who was raised in West Liberty, Iowa, although he has family in Mexico. It is unclear whether he has a criminal record.
CPS blames the DEA for the entire “debacle.”
“DEA worked with us and made a deal with the driver,” CPS Master Trooper said Garry Cutler. “He ran at them after they worked the case and that was their debacle.”
“We have a record amount of fentanyl at play here, in fact, enough fentanyl to kill everyone in the state of Colorado,” added Frank Figliuzzi, a former deputy director of the FBI and current national security staffer at NBC News. “The person who supplied that amount of fentanyl is now on the wind. And it looks like there are no other villains in custody as far as we know. So this is a large-scale failure.”
That Denver Gazette had previously reported Maldonado’s disappearance in early July, but the story only broke this week when it aired on NBC News.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/dea-loses-track-of-drug-informant-caught-with-114-lbs-of-fentanyl The DEA loses track of a drug informant caught with 114 pounds of fentanyl