Mesa County, Colo. — Officers with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed a search warrant yesterday on an illegal retail marijuana sales operation in a residence on West 5th Street, in Palisade. Two adults were arrested in connection to this illegal retail operation.
Dean Richardson, 34, and Krystal Britton, 34, both of Palisade, we arrested on charges related to unlicensed manufacturing of marijuana concentrate using hazardous substance (related to hash oil production), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, child abuse related to manufacturing a controlled substance, special circumstance of possessing a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Dean was charged with possession of weapons by a previous offender because he has a felony conviction from 2003.
Officers located a handgun and a rifle, both fully loaded and operational within reach of the adults and children living in the home.
The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and the Palisade Police Department, along with the Grand Junction Police Department assisted with this Western Colorado Drug Task Force operation.
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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 front lines and other crimes that go with dealing and using drugs. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis agree this Task Force is effective and nationally competitive in the law enforcement field when it comes to knowledge, experience and teamwork. The Drug Task Force provides a refined level of service to the law abiding citizens of Mesa County and across the Western Slope.