Three adults were arrested after an investigation conducted by the Grand Junction Police Department and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force into allegations of a local business delivering marijuana to customers on a “donation” basis.
In late September of last year, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force began an investigation into a local company that was advertising their services for delivery of marijuana. The operation had developed business cards, a website, and a presence on social media to market their services. They claimed to be “donation based” and “not for profit,” which is a common ruse in which distributors attempt to avoid criminal prosecution.
Over the course of several months of investigation, the WCDTF orchestrated numerous controlled buys from the company. Detectives were able to identify two individuals who were primarily running the business out of their home in the 400 Block of Bulla Drive; Tavorus Sutton, 35, and Brianca Bishop, 30.
On January 27, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence. Sutton was contacted in his vehicle and was found to be in possession of several ounces of marijuana, marijuana concentrate, and drug paraphernalia. Business cards for the operation, as well as materials commonly used in the packaging of drugs, were also located.
Bishop was also contacted in her vehicle a short distance from the residence, with a juvenile passenger. Again, marijuana, marijuana concentrate, marijuana edibles, drug paraphernalia, business cards, and packaging materials were located in her possession.
During the execution of the search warrant at the residence, more than 12 pounds of marijuana concentrate and edibles were seized, as well as more than three pounds of raw marijuana. Additionally, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, advertising materials, and business records were found in the home. There were also various prescription pills located, identified to be schedule II controlled substances.
Two young children were identified as living in the home. The majority of the marijuana and related items were in plain view and unsecured, within easy reach of the children. There were marijuana infused edibles in the freezer next to common food items. There was also a loaded handgun found in a kitchen cabinet.
A third adult was contacted during the execution of the search warrant, identified as Antonio Cotton, 40. Cotton said he lived at the residence, and was babysitting one of the children in the home at the time. Due to the overwhelming amount of marijuana and related items in plain view throughout the residence, it’s reasonable that Cotton had clear knowledge of the distribution activities of the group.
All three subjects were arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on the following charges:
Tavorus Sutton, 35, booked on two counts of Distribution of up to 5 lbs of Marijuana, or 2.5 lbs of Concentrate (DF2), Child Abuse (M3), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession of a Firearm (DF1), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PO2).
Brianca Bishop, 30, (mug not yet available) booked on two counts of Distribution of up to 5 lbs of Marijuana, or 2.5 lbs of Concentrate (DF2), two counts of Child Abuse (M3), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession of a Firearm (DF1), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PO2).
Antonio Cotton, 40, (mug not yet available) booked on two counts of Distribution of up to 5 lbs of Marijuana, or 2.5 lbs of Concentrate (DF2) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PO2).