A Colorado drug trafficker, a pivotal figure in a ‘vast criminal network,’ receives a sentence

An Englewood man, described as a prolific drug and gun trafficker and a crucial player in a “vast criminal network,” has been sentenced to federal prison, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.

Xavier Drew, a 29-year-old individual, received a sentence of 162 months in prison on Wednesday, as stated in a news release. Additionally, he will be under five years of supervised release. Drew has been instructed to provide restitution amounting to over $14,000 for a PPE covid loan that was fraudulently acquired.

In a court hearing last year, Drew admitted his guilt to a conspiracy charge involving the distribution of over 400 grams of fentanyl and more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. He also confessed to trafficking firearms.

According to a news release, ATF Special Agent in Charge Brent Beavers stated that Xavier Drew played a crucial role in a large-scale criminal network involved in the trafficking of firearms and narcotics. This criminal enterprise extended well beyond the boundaries of Colorado communities. Thanks to the diligent efforts of ATF special agents, along with the partnership of USPIS and DEA, this criminal organization has been dismantled. Now, the individuals involved are being held accountable for their actions as they face justice in federal prison.

Esvin Ivan Calles-Corrales, a 28-year-old man from Phoenix, Arizona, who was also involved in the case, has been sentenced to 60 months in prison. Several other defendants in the case have pleaded guilty and are currently awaiting sentencing.

In 2022, federal authorities launched an investigation into Drew and his associates, known as the “GUWOP gang.” The investigation uncovered their involvement in the illegal sale of firearms, including ghost guns. Additionally, they were found to be involved in the distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

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