Narcotics Operation Results in Seizure of Over 80 lbs of Drugs #GVCopBeat

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MESA COUNTY, Colo – Over the course of two days this week, the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, which is comprised of investigators with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, made nine felony arrests, and seized over 80 pounds of illegal narcotics, including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.  In a single arrest alone, over 60 pounds of methamphetamine and a firearm were seized.  The WCDTF was assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the Street Crimes and Crime Reduction Units of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, K9 units with the Grand Junction Police Department, the Assistant United States Attorney’s Office, and the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center.

The arrestees are as follows:

Ausberto Baez-Rivera, 28, of California, arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF1), Special Circumstances (two counts) (DF1), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession of Marijuana (DF4), and Obstructing Government Operations (M3);

Oscar Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 32, of California, arrested for Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

Nina Marinova, 35, of New York, arrested for Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4) and Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6);

Jennifer Milam, 48, of California, arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF2), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

Ronald Gargano, 56, of California, arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF2), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

Kerry Ngo, 24, of California, arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF1) and Special Circumstances (DF1);

Carlos Rosales, 26, of California, arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF1), Special Circumstances (DF1), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

Daniel Luquin, 23, of Aurora, arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF1), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

Angie Sierra-Guerrero, 23, of Aurora, arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF1), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

file-6Sergeant Jason Sawyer of the Grand Junction Police Department, who is currently assigned to the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, says, “With the hard work of 25-30 people, this two-day operation was one of the most productive interdiction operations I have been involved in.  I am grateful for the hours and extra work that went into making this a success.”

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a partnership established in the early 1980s between the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Adminstration, 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 Doug Shoemaker and Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis agree that 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.

One thought on “Narcotics Operation Results in Seizure of Over 80 lbs of Drugs #GVCopBeat

    Bette L Behrens said:
    May 31, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Kudos gentlemen, thank you for this great endeavor, Colorado has been hijacked by these out of state criminals

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