Aurora man pleads guilty to trafficking ‘kilos’ of meth, heroin

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AURORA | A 36-year-old Aurora man has pleaded guilty to ferrying large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin throughout Colorado and Wyoming, federal authorities announced Friday.

Arturo David Aguilera-Viveros, a Mexican national who was living in Aurora when he was arrested last year, pleaded guilty to multiple drugs charges and an immigration charge in federal court July 9, according to the local U.S. Attorney’s office.

Investigators accused Aguilera-Viveros of running a drug ring that moved kilograms of “near-pure methamphetamine” and hundreds of grams of black tar heroin across the region, according to a news release. He was also implicated in a separate case out of Wyoming in which he was accused of trafficking 20 pounds of methamphetamine. The two cases were combined as part of a plea deal.

Aguilera-Viveros was arrested at his Aurora home, where he was living illegally, on April 4, 2019, according to authorities. He was charged with “illegal reentry after deportation” as he had been deported from the U.S. to Mexico in 2017, but eventually returned to the metro area illegally.

Before he was sent back to Mexico, Aguilera-Viveros served time in Colorado state prison after he was convicted of additional drug charges in Arapahoe County District Court in February 2014.

A U.S. District Court judge is expected to sentence Aguilera-Viveros on Sept. 24.