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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Colorado
Cole Finegan, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-co
For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Denver Man Convicted of Drug and Weapons Charges

DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces a federal jury today found Juleus Judkins, 29, of Denver, guilty of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to facts presented at trial, on September 4, 2020, when Aurora Police officers attempted to arrest Judkins on outstanding warrants, he fled from his vehicle on foot, but was immediately apprehended. After seeing a firearm within his vehicle, officers searched his car and found baggies of marijuana and methamphetamine pills, as well as a scale and empty baggies. There was a loaded .380 pistol under his seat. Officers also found $1900 in cash and two cell phones full of drug dealing messages.

William J. Martinez presided over the four-day trial and set a sentencing hearing for June 7, 2023.

The Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorneys Celeste Rangel and Cyrus Chung prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Case Number: 21-cr-00055

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