Interdiction deputies with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force stopped a rental car near mile marker 18 on eastbound Interstate 70. It was about 10:40 a.m., on October 15, 2013, when deputies witnessed multiple traffic infractions and pulled the black passenger car over.
There was a single occupant and driver of the vehicle, Carlos Garcia, 36, of Los Angeles, Calif. Carlos gave consent to the interdiction deputies to search his vehicle and they located 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine in the liner of a cooler, in the vehicle trunk. The deputies found it suspicious that the cooler had water bottles and soda pop in it, but no ice. There were pry marks on the cooler liner to indicate the cooler had been tampered with.
The approximate street value of 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine is between $100,000.00 to $150,000.00. A Mesa County criminal history of Carlos found he was previously arrested and convicted of transporting 8 pounds of marijuana by Greyhound bus. In both Mesa County arrests, his final destination was Colorado Springs.
Bond information can be found on the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Inquiry System.
The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a partnership established in the early 1980’s between the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Task Force is designed to fight the battles of drugs on the frontlines and other crimes that are associated with dealing and using drugs. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey agree this Task Force is effective and nationally competitive in the law enforcement field when it comes to knowledge, experience and team work. The Drug Task Force provides a refined level of service to the law abiding citizens of Mesa County and across the Western Slope.