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Suspect arrested in Pueblo may be tied to grisly San Luis Valley mutilations

Robert Boczkiewicz
Special to The Chieftain

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DENVER — Authorities say a convict arrested in Pueblo is believed to be an accessory to the murder of victims whose mutilated bodies were found on land he rents near Sanford in the San Luis Valley.

The Pueblo Chieftain obtained an arrest affidavit that states an informant told investigators that convict Francisco Ramirez helped conceal the bodies.

Ramirez, 38, has not been charged with the murders or his alleged role as an accessory. The investigation is believed to be continuing.

The only person arrested so far for murder of one of the three victims is Adre Jordan "Psycho" Baroz, who also faces a kidnapping charge. No one has been charged yet in the deaths of the other two.

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Baroz, 26, was arrested in November, days after remains were found at the site in Conejos County, where authorities say Ramirez has a residence.

The affidavit obtained by The Chieftain was for a warrant to arrest Ramirez for a federal gun crime in Pueblo. 

It states authorities arrested him Dec. 11 on a warrant from Pueblo District Court for state crimes of drug and gun laws

The affidavit goes on to say he already was under investigation in connection with the murders. A confidential informant told investigators that Ramirez transported the bodies in vehicles, cleaned murder scenes and helped maintain fires to burn evidence, including human remains. 

The affidavit states the informant helped authorities locate the site where the bodies were found.

A Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, who has been part of the investigation, signed the affidavit.

 A judge advised Ramirez on Wednesday of the charge and ordered him to be held in federal custody in Denver until at least Jan. 5. Then, a judge will decide whether Ramirez can be released on bond.

That charge stemmed from a search of a truck he was in on Dec. 11 in Pueblo after investigators learned he was in the city. The affidavit states Pueblo police, agents of the ATF and Colorado Bureau of Investigation found a handgun and two loaded magazines, plus suspected heroin and methamphetamine, with a street value of $49.000.

He admitted to Pueblo Detective Brian Roman and ATF agent Matthew Gonzales he was a drug dealer and had a gun to protect his drug trafficking, according to the affidavit.

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ATF says it confirmed Ramirez is a member of the East Side Dukes, a violent street gang in Southern Colorado affiliated with the Sureno street gang. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Colorado is prosecuting Ramirez. He pleaded guilty in 2015 in federal court in Denver to a federal drug crime in Arapahoe County and was sentenced to serve 366 days in custody.