Local law enforcement worked together Tuesday evening (February 17, 2015) to arrest a parole absconder wanted in Utah who was known to be armed and dangerous. After executing a search warrant they found distribution quantities of drugs, multiple weapons, and thousands of dollars in cash.
The incident began when officers received information that 30-year-old Eduardo De La Cruz was at a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of N. 25th St. Officers established surveillance and saw De La Cruz get out of a pickup and go into the tattoo shop. Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Units and SWAT members, along with members of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force immediately surrounded the building and evacuated people who were in adjoining businesses. They then called De La Cruz out of the building and took him into custody without incident.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the truck he was seen in and found more than a half ounce of cocaine, more than a quarter ounce of heroin, more than 12 ounces of marijuana, and approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine. They also found scales, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia, as well as two handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, and more than $25,000 in cash.
A criminal history of De La Cruz showed he was convicted of felony robbery in 2000 in Salt Lake City and is currently on parole.