GJPD Officers Seize Almost a Pound of Methamphetamine #GVCopBeat

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Shortly before 6:00pm on Saturday, November 7, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to Wal-Mart, on Rimrock Avenue, on a report of a shoplifter that had fled when contacted by loss prevention staff.

Upon arrival, officers contacted loss prevention employees inside the store.  Additional officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle in the parking lot, which was occupied by one male, identified as Joshua Arcello, age 33.  During this time, the shoplift suspect, identified as David Schwartzenburg, age 24, returned to the store and admitted to the theft of a cell phone.

Officers in contact with the vehicle outside the store located part of the cell phone packaging inside the vehicle in plain view.  A search of the vehicle was conducted for further evidence.  The search revealed a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.  Officers also located a black trash bag in the trunk of the vehicle, which contained approximately 14 ounces of methamphetamine.  Based on their training and experience, officers noted that this amount is not consistent with personal use, and would more likely be intended for distribution.  During interviews, both Schwartzenburg and Arcello confirmed that they had purchased the methamphetamine in California, and were en route to Iowa, where they planned to sell the drugs.  Further investigation revealed that Arcello was arrested in Arizona last month for the transport of dangerous drugs.

Schwartzenburg and Arcello were arrested and transported to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, and Importing a Controlled Substance.  Schwartzenburg was also charged with Shoplift.


Arcello                                                             Schwartzenburg

Two Arrested on Charges Related to Retail Marijuana Sales by Drug Task Force #GVCopBeat #WCDTF

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Mesa County, Colo. — Officers with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed a search warrant yesterday on an illegal retail marijuana sales operation in a residence on West 5th Street, in Palisade. Two adults were arrested in connection to this illegal retail operation. IMAGE_1

Dean Richardson, 34, and Krystal Britton, 34, both of Palisade, we arrested on charges related to unlicensed manufacturing of marijuana concentrate using hazardous substance (related to hash oil production), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, child abuse related to manufacturing a controlled substance, special circumstance of possessing a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Dean was charged with possession of weapons by a previous offender because he has a felony conviction from 2003.

Officers located a handgun and a rifle, both fully loaded and operational within reach of the adults and children living in the home.

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and the Palisade Police Department, along with the Grand Junction Police Department assisted with this Western Colorado Drug Task Force operation.

To obtain updated bond information on any inmate currently in the Mesa County Detention Facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a partnership established in the early 1980’s between the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, 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 IMAGEdrugs. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis agree 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.

A Custom Bicycle Was Stolen, Do You Have Any Info? #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating the subject(s) involved in a theft. Sometime between July 9th and July 11th, 2015 a gray Santa Cruz “Tallboy” mountain bike bearing serial number 2915138 was stolen from a locked garage in the 400 Block of Gunnison Avenue. The bicycle has custom parts and ENVE black rims with white lettering. A photo of the stolen mountain bike can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com. 2015-41712
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com

Guns Stolen from Grand Junction Museum #GVCopBeat #CrimeStoppers

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundShortly after 5:00pm on Monday, November 2, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a glass break alarm at 462 Ute Avenue, the Museum of the West, which is a part of the Museums of Western Colorado.  Officers were on scene within minutes of the initial alarm notification.  The building was searched and no one was located.  Further investigation revealed that three weapons that were displayed in a glass case in the museum had been stolen.  These included two handguns that had previously belonged to Sheriffs of Mesa County.  There was also a pistol stolen, which had belonged to a famous actor.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.  If you have any information about the suspect or suspects in this crime, or the whereabouts of the items stolen, please call Crime Stoppers at (970)241-STOP, or you can provide information at info@241stop.com.

Happy Halloween, from the GJPD! #ShareGJ

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Some things to think about, as we go into Halloween weekend…have fun, be safe!


They Stole A Pistol and a Fishing Reel, Recognize Them? #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspects that stole a Umarex Legends Mauser M712 BB Pistol and Shimano Curado
200HG Fishing Reel on Sunday, May 31st around 10:50 a.m. from Sportsman’s Warehouse located at 2464 US Hwy 6 & 50.

The first suspect is a female in her late 20’s to mid-30’s, about 5’5” tall, medium to heavy build with black hair. She was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans and a large black purse. The second suspect was a male in his late 20’s to mid-30’s, about 5’11” tall, medium build, long brown hair and thin beard. He was last seen wearing a short sleeve red button down shirt and tan pants. 15-39992

The surveillance photo of the suspects can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com. If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com





Arrest Made for Child Abuse and Multiple Drug Offenses #GVCopBeat

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MAESTASOn Thursday, October 22, detectives with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force responded to 475 32 1/8 Rd, #3, to investigate information they had received that there was illegal drug activity originating from the apartment.

Upon arrival, detectives contacted Amber Maestas, 29.  Maestas stated that she lived at the address, and allowed the detectives inside the residence.  Inside, there was another adult female, as well as two children.  Detectives informed Maestas that they had received reports of illegal drug activity at the residence and wanted to search her apartment.  Maestas was informed that she could refuse the search.  Maestas stated that there were people trying to get her in trouble.  She stated that there was no drug activity in her apartment and she consented to the search.  Within a minute of the search starting, detectives located methamphetamine, which was accessible to the children in the residence.  Maestas was advised that she was under arrest, and was placed in handcuffs.  Maestas told detectives that she had smoked meth that morning.

During this time, a child in the residence asked one of the detectives if he had a gun.  The child, a four year old male, also told the detective that “his mom had a gun and that it was really big.”  Upon inquiry, Maestas told detectives that she had a loaded pistol under her mattress and a rifle in her closet.  After conducting a search on the serial numbers of the firearms, the rifle was found to be reported stolen out of Texas.  A criminal history was completed on Maestas, and she was found to have been convicted of multiple felonies in past cases, to include drug offenses.

A search of Maestas revealed a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine hidden on her person.  A further search of her residence revealed numerous items of drug paraphernalia, as well as a hypodermic needle with liquid inside and .380 caliber ammunition.  Detectives also located suspected marijuana, which was within easy reach of the children.IMG_0081

Maestas was remanded to the custody of the Mesa County Jail, on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Weapon (drug offense), Child Abuse, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Theft, and Possession of Weapons by Previous Offender.