GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A former judge has pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of obstructing an investigation into a large cocaine trafficking ring in northern Colorado.
The Greeley Tribune reports 41-year-old Ryan Kamada, a former Weld District Court judge, entered his plea Tuesday and is set to be sentenced Dec. 4.
Prosecutors say that in April 2019, Kamada received a phone call from an officer who was seeking a search warrant for the drug trafficker, Alberto “Beto” Loya. Kamada recused himself from the case because he had known Loya since high school. But the judge then called his best friend, Geoffrey Chacon, who also knew the trafficker since childhood, and told him about the investigation.
Prosecutors say Chacon, in turn, deleted text messages with Loya and told him he was being targeted.
Loya was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug and money laundering charges. Chacon pleaded guilty to destruction of records with the intent to obstruct a federal investigation. He is set to be sentenced Aug. 21.
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