Three men arrested last week at the Maven Hotel in downtown Denver as MLB All-Star Game festivities kicked off will face gun charges in federal court, charging documents show.
Richard Platt, Ricardo Rodriguez and Gabriel Rodriguez all face federal charges of possession of a firearm by a previous offender. Gabriel Rodriguez also faces a charge of intent to distribute methamphetamine, court records show.
Despite Denver police officers’ fears that the men might have plotted a mass shooting, there is no evidence presented in their local or federal arrest affidavits that they planned to do so.
Instead, the federal criminal complaint against the men outline prosecutors’ allegations that they were buying and selling drugs and guns to each other.
Investigators recovered a total of 15 guns connected to the three men at the hotel as well as cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and fentanyl, according to the complaint.
Ricardo Rodriguez told investigators that he was in Denver to buy guns and drugs, according to the federal complaint. He told investigators he was trying to make connections with cartel organizations so he could investigate the drug dealers and turn them into law enforcement. He also said he planned to sell guns. He said a woman in Idaho buys guns for him to resell, since he can’t legally purchase guns because he is a felon.
He told investigators that he had no intention of shooting people, the complaint states.
Platt in an interview after his arrest told a Denver police detective and a federal agent that he met Ricardo Rodriguez through a mutual friend who wanted to buy guns, according to the complaint. Platt said the mutual friend told him that Ricardo Rodriguez was a firearm seller.
The two men checked into the Maven Hotel together on July 7 and visited each other’s rooms. Platt said he saw Ricardo Rodriguez take out gun parts in his hotel room and start to assemble the weapons.
Investigators found more than $10,000 in cash in Platt’s room, fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine and at least eight guns, according to the federal complaint. Investigators found at least three guns in Ricardo Rodriguez’s room as well as ammunition.
Law enforcement arrested Gabriel Rodriguez in the hotel and found methamphetamine, heroin and a handgun in the backpack he wore, according to the complaint. Gabriel Rodriguez told investigators that he bought a pound of methamphetamine and some heroin in Commerce City to deliver to Platt at the Maven Hotel. Gabriel Rodriguez said he knows Platt sells guns and drugs.
Platt told investigators that Ricardo Rodriguez talked about shooting people in Mexico, but Ricardo Rodriguez later told investigators that he had no intention of shooting anyone.
Platt said he bought a rifle from Ricardo Rodriguez that weekend and that he planned to resell it to Gabriel Rodriguez for a $500 profit.
A woman who was arrested by Denver police with the men, Kanoe Serikawa, was not charged in federal court Friday.
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