Man responsible for first major fentanyl case in Colorado awaits sentencing

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – A man linked to multiple fentanyl cases in Colorado is awaiting sentencing. This is set to happen on August 17, according to our media partners at Gazettewho worked on an in-depth story that will be published in Tuesday’s edition of the Gazette.

According to justice department, Bruce Holder of Grand Junction was convicted in 2021 of distributing fentanyl, resulting in the death of at least one person. A man linked to Holder and accused of selling pills to the man who was allegedly killed by Holder’s fentanyl pills, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in March.

The Gazette told 11 News that Holder made his Colorado debut in 2016. They said he would make frequent runs to Mexico to bring up to 2,000 pills back to Grand Junction on the West Rim.

Seth Klamann, a Gazette health reporter and one of the reporters who has been working on a long story on Holder since February, said the most surprising part of Holder’s story isn’t that he was the first major state actor. fentanyl crisis, but rather, how he was able to distribute it.

“His family was intimately involved as his wife helped him carry the pills for, you know, dozens of trips,” Klamann explained. “His ex-wife was given pills and charged alongside him. Her teenage son was given pills because his son wanted basketball shoes.

For Carol McKinley, a Gazette business reporter who also worked on the story, another surprising aspect of the story is the saturation of the fentanyl market in Colorado.

“He was getting 2,000 pills at a time, hiding them in his glove compartment, driving for a day to pick them up, a day back,” McKinley said of Holder. “But now, the other day, 25 million pills, they weren’t pills, they were powder, but the equivalent of 25 million pills, were found on I-70.”

The Gazette publishes the full story of Bruce Holder, his family and the impact of fentanyl on Colorado on Tuesday.

You can find the story on their website. In the meantime, click here subscribe to the Gazette.

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