An investigation into a drug ring that has been going since 2013 in Indianapolis has culminated with the arrest of alleged ringleader, 46-year-old furniture store owner Geraldo Colon. The bust, which netted more than 35 kilos of cocaine, 42 pounds of methamphetamine, 25 guns and $4.5 million in cash is said to be one of the biggest in the history of the area.
Authorities were tipped off to Colon after “Operation Family Ties,” an investigation into another drug ring resulting in 40 arrests and the seizure of over 6 kilograms of cocaine, nine guns, six vehicles and about $198,000. Law enforcement figured out that Colon’s supply was coming to Indianapolis from Tempe, Arizona. Agents were able to pinpoint where Colon’s packs were coming from with the help of the Phoenix DEA. Indianapolis police set up surveillance at a local house and tracked a Ford F150 leaving from there to two furniture businesses owned by Colon. After a traffic stop, a kilo of heroin was found stashed in the truck. When the house under surveillance was searched, $1.8 million in cash and materials used for packaging drugs were found. That bust led to several others that confiscated more kilos of cocaine, heroin and meth, along with more cash.
The bust of the drug ring led to 45 state arrests and 20 federal arrests. Apprehended along with Colon were were Darrell Fuqua, 39, Agustin Osuna-Toquillas, 26, and Marco Antonio Bueno-Acosta, 24. Fuqua was from Indianapolis, but the other two claimed to be from Mexico. All four face federal charges including conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin.