GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - After a long investigation, the accused leader of a major Mesa County drug operation has finally been sentenced.
52-year-old Daniel Randall was arrested back in June of 2016 after authorities recovered approximately 25 pounds of methamphetamine.
Randall was sentenced to 31 years at the Department of Corrections for his role in the drug ring operation that led to the meth recovery as well as several firearms, some of which were reported stolen.
Before Randall was sentenced, he pled his remorse for his actions to the judge, saying that his drug addiction was to blame.
However, the judge on the case expressed that she had a hard time believing his plea, saying that he had several chances to turn his life around.
Randall was receptive, saying 'I failed and I deserve to be punished."
District Attorney Dan Rubinstein says the investigation was not easy and required a lot of work to get to this point.
"It's hard not to be proud of law enforcement when they conduct an investigation like this. They had such great results and worked so well together. These cases require extra hours and overtime which takes away from their family time so that they can protect this community," said Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein.
Rubinstein says they used a wiretap investigation in order to get to the bottom of the case. If it weren't for the wiretap investigation, Rubinstein says they would not have been able to identify Randall as the ring leader in this major bust.
32 years was the maximum sentence that Randall could have received.
However, the judge decided to give him 31 years as a result of receiving numerous letters from family members.