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Brighton business owner, wife arrested in drug bust

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Arrests follow seven-month investigation

By Kevin Denke

BRIGHTON — Members of the North Metro Task Force swept in early Wednesday afternoon, arresting the owner of a Cabbage Street car stereo shop and his wife.

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Benito Barron, 36, owner of Advanced Performance and Sound, and his wife, Florence Martinez, 37, were jailed. They could face drug-related charges. Both are Brighton residents. Barron made his first appearance in Adams County Court Nov. 24. No court appearance information for Martinez was released. The Adams County District Attorney’s Office has declined to approve the release of the couple’s booking photos.

According to a North Metro press release, the arrests culminated a seven-month investigation where undercover detectives made several purchases of both cocaine and methamphetamine from Barron.

About 1 p.m., North Metro Task Force detectives, aided by members of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Brighton Police officers, served a search warrant at the business, 61 S. Cabbage Ave.

Authorities seized about 74 grams of cocaine and more than 1,800 grams of marijuana. In addition to the two arrests, three other individuals received summonses for interference with a police officer.

The North Metro press release said they hoped the bust would have a "significant impact on the availability of illegal narcotics in the city of Brighton."