Drugs, Guns Seized During WCDTF Operation #GVCopBeat

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Earlier this month, investigators with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force conducted an operation on I-70 in Mesa County, near the Utah border. The purpose of the operation was to interdict bulk currency and large amounts of illegal drugs which are commonly transported along the interstate. In addition to the WCDTF, the operation involved members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Colorado State Patrol, Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and other state and federal partner agencies.  The two-day operation resulted in the following seizures:

  • 600 pounds of marijuana
  • 33 grams Psilocybin Mushrooms
  • 1200 marijuana vape pens
  • 2 AR pistols
  • 2 handguns
  • 2 Bullet Proof Vests
  • approximately $19000 in bulk currency
  • 200 grams marijuana concentrate
  • Cocaine (amount consistent with personal use)
  • Ecstasy (amount consistent with personal use)

Four people were arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility as a result of this operation:

Derrick Holmes, 25, of Virginia

  • Unlawful Possession of more than 50 lbs of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (DF1)
  • Special Offense – Firearms (DF1)
  • Special Offense – Importation (DF1)
  • Possession of more than 12 grams of Schedule I Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (DF2)

Brian Hartman, 37, of Virginia

  • Unlawful Possession of more than 50 lbs of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (DF1) 
  • Special Offense – Firearms (DF1)
  • Special Offense – Importation (DF1)
  • Possession of a weapon by previous offender (F5)
  • Possession of more than 12 grams of Schedule I Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (DF2)  

Erika Valles Garcia, 23, of California

  •   Disregarded Traffic Control Device
  •   Unlawful Possession of more than 50 lbs of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (DF1)   

Makayla Kristine Lopez, 19, of California

  •   Unlawful Possession of more than 50 lbs of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (DF1)    
Holmes
Hartman
Garcia
Lopez

Several other subjects were issued felony summons to appear in court.

“The success of this operation, as with most operations, is in large part due to the cooperation and hard work of everyone involved,” says Sergeant Jason Sawyer of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force.  “We are thankful for all of the agencies and law enforcement personnel who provided the hard work to make this operation a success.”

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force was formed in 1998 as an agreement between the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate resources to investigate the illegal distribution of drugs.  Since that time the cooperation and coordination have spread to many different agencies to include state and federal government partners.

While their main focus may be illegal drug investigations, that is not the only job of this talented group of investigators.  They also assist with locating and arresting dangerous wanted criminals, work with other police officers on more complex criminal investigations, and provide education to children on the dangers of drugs.

2 thoughts on “Drugs, Guns Seized During WCDTF Operation #GVCopBeat

    Karen Hunt said:
    October 8, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    You good guys are doing a great job of keeping G.J. safe and I thank you!

    Luis Muñoz said:
    October 9, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Good Job!!

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