12 People Arrested In Drug and Money Laundering Case; Investigators Looking For 4 More #GVCopBeat #PolTwt

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The Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF), with assistance from the Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, has arrested 12 of the 16 people believed to be involved in a drug trafficking organization in Mesa County.

DTF Investigators began making the arrests Thursday night, with additional arrests taking place throughout the day on Friday, after they obtained arrest warrants following an investigation that began in June 2014.  Utilizing wire intercepts, confidential informants, and surveillance, investigators identified the people who were the primary supply sources for methamphetamine coming from the Denver area and being distributed in the Grand Junction area.  Diligent police work led to the identification of Stephen Blake (date of birth 02/15/1973) as the person in charge of the distribution in Mesa County.  They also identified multiple lower level drug dealers who worked for the drug trafficking organization or who obtained drugs from the organization.  Investigators also seized methamphetamine, heroine, firearms, and counterfeit money while working this case.

Those who have been arrested at this time include:

  • Stephen Blake (02/15/1973)
  • Aaron Vigil (09/29/1983)
  • Donna Lillie (04/11/1959)
  • Dawn Murphy (01/20/1973)
  • Justin Adair (08/18/1972)
  • Kevin Smith (12/08/1976)
  • Laura Smith (06/05/1960)
  • Michelle Ricks (07/01/1979)
  • Pearl Higgs (06/24/1956)
  • Sharde Galindo (08/19/1990)
  • Tomi Jo Highline (04/24/1965)
  • Virginia Higgs (05/29/1975)

Those who have arrest warrants but have not yet been arrested are:

  • Fabian Ortiz (12/05/1984)
  • Matthew Finley (05/21/1986)
  • Matthew Stauter (11/14/1984)
  • Taeler Oropeza (12/10/1988)

 

Dawn Murphy
Dawn Murphy
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Justin Adair
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Kevin Smith
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Laura Smith
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Michelle Ricks
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Pearl Higgs
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Sharde Galindo
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Stephen Blake
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Tomi Jo Highline
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Virginia Higgs

 

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Aaron Vigil

 

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Donna Lillie
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Matthew Stauter
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Fabian Ortiz
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Matthew Finley
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Taeler Oropeza

 

7 thoughts on “12 People Arrested In Drug and Money Laundering Case; Investigators Looking For 4 More #GVCopBeat #PolTwt

    lekdjie mumet-ndhase.com said:
    December 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    go go go…

    santana said:
    December 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I know most of them jaja

      ken said:
      April 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Virginia Higgs is my mom my name is Ken

    santana said:
    December 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Blake’s a looser n can’t believe Fabian Ortiz didn’t know he done drugs and sharde crazy but that wasn’t no surprise

    santana said:
    December 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Dawn Murphy lol said she was done with drugs after she got out of prison guess not

    cynthia ponce said:
    January 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    well tomi how did we do?no that i got you anything u need let me no.cynbadsobad

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