DENVER (LAWFUEL) – Troy A. Eid, United States Attorney for the District of Colorado announced that, as part of the dismissal of a criminal Indictment charging Defendant Eleanor Fresquez, of Boulder County, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and other drug offenses, Fresquez agreed to forfeit her rights, title, and interest in $45,140.00 in cash seized from her residence in July of 2007. In the agreement, which will be filed as part of a civil forfeiture proceeding, Eleanor Fresquez acknowledged that the cash seized from her home is subject to forfeiture as drug proceeds pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Section 881(a)(6).
Defendant Eleanor Fresquez was charged in a twenty-one count Indictment, along with Shawn Caekaert, Benjamin Fresquez Jr., Eleanor Fresquez, George Fresquez, Matthew Fresquez, David Michael Romero, Michael Townsend, Alanna Turnbaugh, and Samuel Vigil, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, namely, methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone, diazepam, and marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. The defendants were also charged in substantive counts.
Defendants Shawn Caekaert, David Michael Romero, and Samuel Vigil have all entered guilty pleas in the case. The charges against Benjamin Fresquez Jr., George Fresquez, Matthew Fresquez, and Michael Townsend are still pending. The case is set for trial on August 11, 2008.
This case is being prosecuted by AUSA Michele R. Korver. The charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.