One of the major suspects in a wide-ranging Longmont drug bust accused of operating a drug enterprise pleaded not guilty this week and has been scheduled for trial.

Michael Reed, 45, appeared in court Wednesday before Judge Andrew Hartman and pleaded not guilty to the 45 charges against him.

Among the charges Reed faces are two counts of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act – pattern of racketeering and conspiracy. Reed is scheduled to appear in court May 5, with a 10-day jury trial planned to begin June 8.

In grand jury indictments released earlier this month, Reed was described as a partner to Joshua Ward, a lead suspect in the case. The documents allege the partners worked to “procure pound level amounts of methamphetamine and large quantities of fentanyl pills.”

Ward, 35, on Wednesday was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 12. He faces 83 charges, including two counts of violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, multiple charges for distribution of a controlled substance and money laundering.

The bust, named Operation Misfire by Longmont police, took place in July when more than 20 people were arrested on suspicion of trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl and prescription drugs. In addition to the arrests, the bust led police to seize 1,472 counterfeit 30-milligram oxycodone hydrochloride pills (fentanyl), 3 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.64 pounds of ephedrine, 288 Schedule II synthetic opioid pills, 18.7 grams of cocaine, 6.7 grams of heroin and 10 benzodiazepine pills. Numerous weapons, including rifles, handguns, a shotgun and AK-47-style rifles without serial numbers also were recovered by authorities.

Reed and Ward were among 19 suspects scheduled to appear in court this week.

Also appearing was Joshua Antony, 42. Antony pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal firearm transfer, according to online court records. He is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 12.

Other suspects who appeared in court this week, according to online Colorado court records, were:

  • Jasmine Baros, 33, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Dec. 23. She has been charged on suspicion of controlled substance distribution.
  • Danita Bauer, 49, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Nov. 8. She has been charged on suspicion of controlled substance distribution.
  • David Childers, 40, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 12. He faces seven charges, including money laundering and Colorado Organized Crime Control Act – pattern of racketeering.
  • Brandy Cruickshank, 38, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Nov. 21. She has been charged with controlled substance conspiracy.
  • Sonya Damon, 44, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 12. She has been charged on suspicion of two counts of violation of a Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, among other crimes.
  • Gage Gifford, 25, was scheduled for a continued status conference on Feb. 12. He has been charged on suspicion of violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and 13 other charges.
  • Jose Gutierrez-Herrera, 42, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 12. He has been charged with controlled substance conspiracy, according to online court records.
  • Ramon Lurbe, 34, was scheduled for a continued status conference on Feb. 12. He has been charged on suspicion of controlled substance conspiracy.
  • Connie Medina, 24, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb 12. She has been charged on suspicion of controlled substance distribution.
  • Brandy Langenderfer, 41, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Dec. 23. She faces eight charges, including violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act – pattern of racketeering and conspiracy.
  • David Lopez, 38, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 12. He has been charged on suspicion of controlled substance distribution.
  • Ashley Nail, 31, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Dec. 23. She has been charged on suspicion of controlled substance possession.
  • Brenden Pesick, 28, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 12. Among the charges he faces is violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act.
  • Christina Rogers, 41, was scheduled for a status conference on Friday. She has been charged on suspicion of two counts of controlled substance possession and one count of controlled substance distribution, according to online court records.
  • Anastacia Rose, 26, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 12.  Rose faces charges of violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and multiple counts of distribution of a controlled substance, according to online court records.
  • Geraldine Vodicka, 45, was scheduled for a continued arraignment on Feb. 12. She faces five charges, including violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act – pattern of racketeering and conspiracy.

Earlier this month, several defense attorneys argued they should be able to possess grand jury transcripts without signing an oath swearing not to disseminate the information. According to Shannon Carbone, spokesperson for the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, a judge this week granted the defense attorneys were granted access to view the documents sans oath.



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