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)

 

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    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.

Tips for a Safe and Fun Halloween! #GVCopBeat

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Have a safe and fun Halloween with these useful tips

Grand Junction, CO – Halloween is this Thursday, and the Grand Junction Fire Department, Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Mesa County Valley School District 51 want you to have a safe, fun holiday! Stay safe with these Halloween tips.

Have an adult come with you to trick-or-treat, and go in a group.

Avoid wearing costumes to school that are gory, scary, violent, or include full-face makeup or a full-face mask.

Light colored costumes and reflective clothing or tape help drivers see trick-or-treaters.

Light the way by carrying flashlights or glow sticks.

Outfits should allow freedom of movement and be fire retardant or fire resistant.

Watch for cars, use crosswalks, and plan a safe route and stick to it.

Eyes should be able to see up, down, forward, and from the sides if you’re wearing a mask.

Eat treats only after your parents have inspected them for signs of tampering.

Never go inside a stranger’s home or vehicle while trick-or-treating, and don’t eat homemade treats unless you know the person who made them.

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GJPD Seeking Help Identifying Assault Suspects #GVCopBeat

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In the early morning hours of August 7th, 2019, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of an assault that occurred in the area of 8th Street and Main Street in downtown Grand Junction.

The victim, a 19 year old male, reported that he was confronted by a group of subjects in two vehicles while he was walking in the downtown area. The suspects exited the vehicles and assaulted the victim, causing minor injuries. The victim described the vehicles as a late model Jeep Wrangler, lime green in color, and a later model gray Chevy Camaro. The suspects are described as approximately six white males in their 20s. All males were clean shaven with short hair.

Utilizing the security cameras of businesses in the area, officers were able to obtain photos of a Jeep matching the description provided by the victim, which was downtown during the time frame in which this crime occurred.

If you know anything about the suspects involved in this crime, or if you witnessed anything that could lead to their identification, we ask you to please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, reference GJPD case number 19-45350.

 

It’s Your Call: Report Sexual Assault #GVCopBeat

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MULCAHYOn Friday night, October 18th, officers and detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to investigate a sex assault that was reported to have taken place in the 1100 Block of Texas Avenue.  After interviewing the victim and the suspect, who were known to one another prior to this incident, officers arrested Ryan Mulcahy, 23, of Grand Junction, for charges of Sexual Assault (F3), 2nd Degree Assault (F4), Unlawful Sexual Contact (F4), and 3rd Degree Assault (M1).  Mulcahy was remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility, where he is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

We want to take this opportunity to remind our community of the vital importance of reporting sexual assault, unwanted sexual contact, or criminal sexual harassment.  Reporting these crimes could bring the perpetrator to justice and prevent future assaults.  It can also connect victims with important resources and services.  The Grand Junction Police Department takes reports of sexual assault very seriously, and each report is carefully investigated.  Our detectives prioritize the importance of treating victims with respect and dignity.  We can also connect victims with one of our victim advocates who can remain in contact throughout the process of the criminal investigation, and even throughout the potential criminal trial.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault that has not been reported to law enforcement, please call us at (970)242-6707.  We want to help.

Suspect Arrested for Assault at GJHS #GVCopBeat

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img_2658On Monday morning, October 21, officers and medical personnel with the Grand Junction Fire Department were dispatched to Grand Junction High School on a report of an assault.  More details about this incident can be found here.

The juvenile suspect in this incident has been screened into the custody of the Department of Youth Corrections for offenses including 2nd Degree Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Interference with Educational Institutions.  The District Attorney’s office is responsible for making a final determination on appropriate charges.  Per the Colorado Open Records Act, as defined by the Colorado Revised Statutes, the name of the suspect is not releasable at this time.

One Juvenile Taken Into Custody in Assault #GVCopBeat

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img_2658At approximately 11:47 on Monday morning, a school resource officer at Grand Junction High School responded to a radio call for help on the lawn near the south end of campus. Officers discovered one juvenile male victim with what appeared to be stab wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital. While the extent of injuries is not known at this time, they are not expected to be life threatening. One juvenile female suspect was still on scene of the incident and was taken into custody. The juveniles involved are known to one another. Parents of both juveniles involved have been contacted.

The school was put into shelter in place as officers on scene at the school continue to investigate and process the scene. Despite initial rumors, NO gun is believed to have been involved in this incident.

There is no ongoing threat or danger at the school related to this incident, and the scene was contained within minutes. We understand how scary this is for parents. We encourage parents to make sure they are enrolled in emergency alerts through the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center. Parents should also enroll for emergency communications from Mesa County Valley School District 51 by texting “YES” to 67587. More information regarding this incident will be released as it becomes available.

EDIT: This release was updated to correct the time of the incident and to correct initial information that the school was placed into lockdown.  The school was put into shelter in place protocols, not lockdown.  We apologize for the misinformation and appreciate your patience as we sort through the preliminary details of the incident.

Arrest Made in Homicide Investigation #GVCopBeat

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CORIA-MENDOZAOn Wednesday, October 2, at 4:44am, officers were dispatched to a report of an injured male outside of a trailer in the Paradise Valley Mobile Home Park at 585 25 1/2 Road. The victim, 25 year old Rafael “Rafa” Jaime, died at the scene. The medical examiner has determined that the victim died from stab wounds.

Last night, detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department made an arrest in this case. Hector Manuel Coria-Mendoza, 38, of Clifton, was remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility for Murder in the First Degree, a class 1 felony.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. The arrest affidavit for Coria-Mendoza has been sealed by the court.