Numerous Arrests Result from Drug Task Force Investigation #GVCopBeat

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A lengthy multi-jurisdictional effort led by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force has resulted in the arrests of nine individuals for numerous drug-related felony offenses.

The suspects in this months-long investigation are alleged to be involved in a variety of crimes, ranging from Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance (DF1) to Money Laundering (F3), among other charges.

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a combined effort consisting of detectives from both the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.  This investigation benefited from close cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Front Range Task Force (a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement collaboration on the Front Range), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“Although these arrests are an important step, the work is far from over, “ says District Attorney Dan Rubinstein.  “As the investigation continues to unfold, additional arrests and charges are anticipated.”

The culmination of the investigation took place throughout today, resulting in the execution of five search warrants, four of which were local and one in the Denver area.  The search warrants resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of drugs, money, and drug paraphernalia.  Among the investigative techniques utilized in this investigation was a wiretap operation.  All documents related to this investigation have been sealed by the court.

At this point, these are only allegations.  All suspects are presumed innocent.  Thus far, the arrestees related to this case and their alleged crimes are as follows:

  • NAVARRO
    Elmer Navarro-Navarro

    Elmer Navarro-Navarro (a.k.a. Martin Navarro-Acosta), 38, of Grand Junction

    • Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Money Laundering (F3)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (2 counts) (DF4)

 

  • PINNT
    Sterling Pinnt

    Sterling Pinnt, 31, of Grand Junction

    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (DF3)
    • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (DF3)
    • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (DF4)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (2 counts) (DF4)
    • 1st Degree Criminal Trespass (F5)
    • Money Laundering (F3)

 

  • SUTTON,BRIANCA,LYNN 1-28-19
    Brianca Sutton

    Brianca Sutton, 33, of Grand Junction

    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF4)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4)
    • Money Laundering (F3)

 

  • HARVEY,GARY,LYLE 10-21-19
    Gary Harvey

    Gary Harvey, 44, of Grand Junction

    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF4)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4)

 

  • YBARRA,MICHAEL,JOSEPH 8-1-19
    Michael Ybarra

    Michael Joseph Ybarra, 33, of Grand Junction

    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF4)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4)

 

  • INMATE PHOTO not availableRobert Adrian Carr, 29, of Grand Junction
    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF4)

 

  • INMATE PHOTO not availableRyan Van Boylan, 35, of Grand Junction
    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (2 counts) (DF4)

 

  • INMATE PHOTO not availableAdam James Ivie, 33, of Grand Junction
    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF4)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4)

 

  • INMATE PHOTO not availableJorge Alberto Melendez, 39, of Aurora (arrested on the Front Range and in custody there)
    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1)
    • Special Offender (DF1)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (DF4)
    • Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4)
    • Money Laundering (F3)

We are gratified to be a part of such a dedicated team of law enforcement professionals who consistently prove to be committed to making our communities safe.

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