According to court documents, the DEA began investigating Colima when an unnamed informant -- described as "an admitted heroin trafficker" cooperating with the feds to avoid prison -- claimed Colima had the hook-up for "pound quantities." The DEA arranged wiretaps for Colima's phone, and eventually staged a buy-bust at a house in Kirkland.
The snitch reportedly got Colima on the phone and arranged a deal for 32 ounces of heroin for $40,000, or $1,250 per ounce. A few minutes before 8 p.m. on May 29, a Hispanic male arrived at the informant's apartment in a light blue Ford Explorer. The man, later identified as Jose Luis Ojeda-Gutierrez, carried a plastic grocery bag in one hand and knocked on the door with the other. He was greeted by DEA agents, who arrested him "without incident." The sack contained seven plastic-wrapped bricks filled with 856 grams of "brown powdery" heroin. Ojeda-Gutierrez told the cops that he met Colima at a Dollar Store in Everett, and the boss, he said, supplied both the Explorer and grocery bag full of H.
After the deal turned sour, Colima allegedly sent a text message to the DEA snitch wondering what happened to Ojeda-Gutierrez and his product. The feds subsequently obtained a court order that allowed them to track Colima's phone via GPS, and they pinpointed his location to The Camelot apartments in Everett.
Colima, also known by the alias Armando Vera-Garcia, was arrested May 31 in a parking lot in Mukilteo. He was reportedly carrying in his pockets both the cell phone used to text the DEA, and a receipt for the purchase of Ojeda-Gutierrez's Ford Explorer. Under questioning, Colima allegedly confessed to arranging the drug deal, but "added that he had not actually handled the heroin and that his fingerprints would not be found on it."
The courier Ojeda-Gutierrez also faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. It's unclear from charging documents whether the investigation stretched beyond Colima and his underling, and attempted to identify his bosses, who will undoubtedly be looking for a new middleman to run things in Seattle.