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“Get Your Fix Automotive” provided auto repair, illegal drugs

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A Pueblo automotive shop called “Get Your Fix Automotive” would fix your car and load you up with baggies of crystal methamphetamine, heroin or cocaine while you waited.

It apparently was a thriving business until FBI agents and members of the Southern Colorado Safe Streets Task Force arrested its owner, Daniel Vasquez, 30, for possessing two guns including a purple Pavona Witness .38-caliber handgun.

The business’ name may have been a clever play on words but after Vasquez’ four felony convictions including three for illegal drug charges, it caught the attention of the FBI and task force members. They set up a series of stings between March and August.

Vasquez was arrested Friday. He faces up to 10 years in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine on two charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court indicate task force members collected video evidence of Vasquez selling various quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

During various visits to the automotive garage, agents surreptitiously took video of different stages of the drug operation including of him weighing heroin in a drawer of a desk and of a rifle with a scope attached.

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, an undercover agent met Vasquez at his shop at 2040 E. 4th St. in Pueblo. He was the one wearing the T-shirt emblazoned with his first name, Daniel, for easy identification. He sold them 52.9 grams of heroin and the purple handgun.

Agents got a blurry picture of Vaquez displaying a plastic baggie filled with crystal cubes that he identified as “clear,” or methamphetamine and holding a purple handgun.

Task force agents executed a search warrant on Aug. 31. They recovered a Glock 19 9mm handgun from the bedroom.

Article source: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/13/get-your-fix-automotive-illegal-drugs/

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