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The Western Colorado Drug Task Force has arrested nine people and is looking for two others after an extensive investigation into drug trafficking in Mesa County. The investigation began in August 2014 when a confidential informant told investigators 38-year-old Jesus Cochran was supplying heroin to drug users in the area. Cochran has also been tied to methamphetamine and cocaine distribution.
DTF investigators also obtained information about 47-year-old Raymond Cordova, who is also suspected of distributing significant quantities of illegal drugs in Mesa County.
DTF investigators were able to link both Cochran and Cordova to 30-year-old Eduardo De La Cruz, who is believed to be the head of the drug trafficking organization and was the supplier for Cochran and Cordova. De La Cruz is suspected of bringing significant amounts of drugs to Mesa County from the Salt Lake City area, where he lives. DTF investigators arrested De La Cruz earlier this year after a brief standoff at a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of N. 25th St. (previously released information).
Multiple search warrants were obtained and executed during this investigation, and resulted in the seizure of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, US currency, firearms, and other illegal items. DTF investigators also identified other local suspects who were supplied by and conspired with Cochran and Cordova to distribute the illegal drugs in Mesa County and elsewhere. Those individuals are:
- Sharon Jacobs- 58- years-old, (Arrested)
- Robert McCullar- 23- years-old, (Arrested)
- Jonathan Gardner- 25- years-old, (Arrested)
- Kyle Finn- 26- years-old. (Arrested)
- Callie Davis- 33- years-old. (Arrested)
- Shauna Harlow- 35- years-old, (Arrested)
- Cody Davis- 30- years-old, (Outstanding Warrant)
- Steven Jones- 22- years-old, (Outstanding Warrant)
Local law enforcement worked together Tuesday evening (February 17, 2015) to arrest a parole absconder wanted in Utah who was known to be armed and dangerous. After executing a search warrant they found distribution quantities of drugs, multiple weapons, and thousands of dollars in cash.
The incident began when officers received information that 30-year-old Eduardo De La Cruz was at a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of N. 25th St. Officers established surveillance and saw De La Cruz get out of a pickup and go into the tattoo shop. Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Units and SWAT members, along with members of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force immediately surrounded the building and evacuated people who were in adjoining businesses. They then called De La Cruz out of the building and took him into custody without incident.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the truck he was seen in and found more than a half ounce of cocaine, more than a quarter ounce of heroin, more than 12 ounces of marijuana, and approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine. They also found scales, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia, as well as two handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, and more than $25,000 in cash.
A criminal history of De La Cruz showed he was convicted of felony robbery in 2000 in Salt Lake City and is currently on parole.
12 People Arrested In Drug and Money Laundering Case; Investigators Looking For 4 More #GVCopBeat #PolTwt
The Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF), with assistance from the Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, has arrested 12 of the 16 people believed to be involved in a drug trafficking organization in Mesa County.
DTF Investigators began making the arrests Thursday night, with additional arrests taking place throughout the day on Friday, after they obtained arrest warrants following an investigation that began in June 2014. Utilizing wire intercepts, confidential informants, and surveillance, investigators identified the people who were the primary supply sources for methamphetamine coming from the Denver area and being distributed in the Grand Junction area. Diligent police work led to the identification of Stephen Blake (date of birth 02/15/1973) as the person in charge of the distribution in Mesa County. They also identified multiple lower level drug dealers who worked for the drug trafficking organization or who obtained drugs from the organization. Investigators also seized methamphetamine, heroine, firearms, and counterfeit money while working this case.
Those who have been arrested at this time include:
- Stephen Blake (02/15/1973)
- Aaron Vigil (09/29/1983)
- Donna Lillie (04/11/1959)
- Dawn Murphy (01/20/1973)
- Justin Adair (08/18/1972)
- Kevin Smith (12/08/1976)
- Laura Smith (06/05/1960)
- Michelle Ricks (07/01/1979)
- Pearl Higgs (06/24/1956)
- Sharde Galindo (08/19/1990)
- Tomi Jo Highline (04/24/1965)
- Virginia Higgs (05/29/1975)
Those who have arrest warrants but have not yet been arrested are:
- Fabian Ortiz (12/05/1984)
- Matthew Finley (05/21/1986)
- Matthew Stauter (11/14/1984)
- Taeler Oropeza (12/10/1988)
Western Colorado Drug Task Force investigators arrested a man Wednesday night, who is suspected of selling methamphetamine. DTF investigators had information 47-year-old Raymond Troy Cordova was attempting to sell meth to a person in a parking lot in the 2400 block of North Ave. Surveillance units in the area saw Cordova get into a vehicle, contacted him, and searched his vehicle. They found a baggy containing suspected meth near the driver’s seat as well as a baggy of suspected meth in Cordova’s pocket. In total, the suspected meth weighed approximately 15 grams.
DTF investigators booked Cordova into the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of a schedule II substance and distribution/possession with intent to distribute a schedule II substance.