The execution of three search warrants Wednesday during early-morning operations signaled the conclusion of a multi-year investigation into major narcotics trafficking activities in the region.

One Yuma County resident was apprehended Wednesday morning, and two more were arrested in the Denver metro area that afternoon.

Arrested Wednesday morning in Yuma was 30-year-old Jose Arnoldo Rascon aka “NoNo” of Yuma. Arrested Wednesday afternoon in the Denver metro area were 45-year-old Nicolas Arturo Vega-Rico aka “Charro,” and 23-year-old Daniel Rascon aka “Meno,” both from Eckley.

Law enforcement officers train their firearms on Jose Arnoldo Rascon while arresting him on W. Hoag Ave. near N. Birch, Wednesday morning in Yuma. (Pioneer Photo)

They have been charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, and violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA), a criminal statute in the state of Colorado intended to assist in the eradication of organized crime in the state.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking to apprehend Daniel Brianth Duarte-Mendez of Yuma. Anyone with information about Duarte’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 970-332-4805. You can remain anonymous.

The Morgan County Combined SWAT Team moves in to clear the residence and out buildings at Jose Rascon’s residence in Yuma, Wednesday morning, December 6, 2017. (Pioneer Photo)

In partnership with the Colorado Springs Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force, the investigation uncovered a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, and firearms directly from Mexico via the Sinaloa Drug Cartel throughout northeast Colorado and Colorado Springs. The investigation, and subsequent arrests, were coordinated amongst several law enforcement agencies in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for

Agents enter the Yuma residence of Jose Rascon, Wednesday morning, December 6, 2017. (Pioneer Photo)

investigative assistance in this case: the Kit Carson County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Springs DEA Task Force, and the Nebraska CODE Drug Task Force. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the following agencies for their assistance during the arrests; the Morgan County Combined SWAT Team, Yuma Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Sterling Police Department, Fountain Police Department, WY Communications, and Yuma EMS.