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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.

Narcotics Bust Made by GJPD Street Crimes and WCDTF #GVCopBeat 

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The Western Colorado Drug Task Force and the Grand Junction Police Department Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant on 2828 Orchard Ave #31 last night– The search warrant lead to five arrests.

36-year-old Christine Tate was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail on the following charges:

– Two Counts of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

– Possession and Intent to Distribute within 1000 Feet of a School or Public Housing

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Christine Tate

– Child Abuse/Criminal negligence

– Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

37-year-old Lance Timothy, a quarterly required registered sex offender, was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail on the following charges:

– Four counts of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute

– Possession and Intent to Distribute within 1000 Feet of a School or  Public Housing

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Timothy Tyler

– Possession of a Schdule III/IV/V Controlled Substance

– Three Counts of Child Abuse/Criminal Negligence

– Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

30-year-old Kayla Strawn was also located in the apartment and arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail on the following charges:

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Kayla Strawn

– Possession of a Schdule I/II Controled Substance

– Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

57-year-old Melody Mayfeild and 53-year-old Kenneth Jennings were also arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail on the following charges:

– Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance

– Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The drugs seized in the apartment include methampethamine, heroin and Alprazolam. Some of the methampethamine, other drugs and drug paraphernalia items were easily accessible to children in the apartment; including the daugther to Strawn.

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Melody Mayfield

 

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Kenneth Jennings

Man Wanted In Connection With December Drug Bust & February Incident in Molina Arrested #GVCopBeat

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Matthew Stauter is taken into custody

Matthew Ryan Stauter, the final outstanding suspect wanted in connection to the December drug bust by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF) and the man who ran from deputies in Molina and tried to steal a car earlier this month is now in custody.

Late this afternoon, a combined effort involving the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, with assistance from the DTF, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Land Management, led us to Stauter’s girlfriend, Taelor Oropeza, who was in the parking lot of 1000 N. 9th St.  Oropeza also had a warrant for her arrest in connection to the DTF drug bust in December.  She confirmed Stauter was in a bottom floor business at that address.

Officers and deputies from the agencies listed above surrounded the building, evacuated people from the other units in the building, and began calling for Stauter to come out, which he did without incident.  The entire operation lasted about one hour and 15 minutes.

Oropeza was arrested on multiple warrants, as was the woman in the vehicle with her, 30-year-old Melissa Pruitt.  Pruitt is being charged with accessory to a felony crime for helping Stauter and Oropeza avoid capture.

Previously released information on the DTF drug bust

Previously released information on the February Molina incident

 

Matthew Stauter Previous Booking Photo
Matthew Stauter
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Taeler Oropeza Previous Booking Photo
Taeler Oropeza
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Local Law Enforcement Part of Nationwide Operation Targeting Child Sex Trafficking #GVCopBeat

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David Prephan
David Prephan
John Pomaski
John Pomaski

Two men are facing charges in Mesa County following a nationwide operation led by the FBI that targeted child sex trafficking.  The Western Colorado Drug Task Force and the Grand Junction Police Department Street Crimes Unit participated in the operation, which resulted in two people who were arrested and booked into jail on felony charges for internet luring of a child.

The operation took place during several nights last week, and included an undercover officer who had internet and text message conversations with two separate men.  In the first case, a man later identified as John P. Pomaski of Grand Junction (Date of birth 8-12-1965), responded to an advertisement on an internet site titled “Awesome girl looking for fun.”  An undercover officer provided Pomaski with a number to call or text and they continued a conversation that included discussion of sexual acts.  During their conversation the officer identified himself multiple times as a 14-year-old female and invited Pomaski to a hotel room.  Officers observed Pomaski drive through the hotel parking lot.  Officers contacted Pomaski in his vehicle and booked him into the Mesa County jail.  John P. Pomaski  is facing charges of Sexual assault- internet sexual exploitation of a child (F4) and Internet luring of a child/intent of sexual contact/exploitation (F4)

In the second case, a man later identified as David Shawn Prephan II of Perrysburg, OH (Date of birth 7-26-1988), responded to an internet advertisement and also had a conversation with the undercover officer.  Prephan agreed to meet with a 14-year-old girl for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts for $80.  Prephan came to the hotel door and confirmed with the undercover officer that he had $80.  The officer told him he would need to pay half up front to meet the girl, and he handed the officer $40.  At that point officers entered the room and took him into custody.  David Shawn Prephan II is facing charges of Soliciting for child prostitution (F3) and Internet luring of a child/intent of sexual contact/exploitation (F4)

The FBI released this information about the operation.

Man Arrested with 1.4 Pounds of Pot on Bus #GVCopBeat

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Grand Junction, Colo. — Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers arrested 40-year-old Harold Gray last Friday, May 16, after a routine weapon/narcotic check at the Greyhound Bus Depot.  During regular servicing break while the bus was in the garage and the passengers were not on board, a K9 alerted his handler to an area inside the bus which had a strong marijuana odor.   The odor seemed to be coming from a gray backpack in the overhead compartment.

Once the servicing was complete the passengers again boarded the bus.  Task Force officers made contact with two males sitting on the bus under the compartment where the backpack was located, and an officer noticed Gray had moved the suspicious bag from the overhead compartment to the floor.   Gray provided consent to search,  and officers found approximately 1.4 pounds of marijuana wrapped in cellophane and dryer sheets inside the bag.

Gray was placed under arrest and was booked into the Mesa County Jail. The amount found in Gray’s bag is far more than personal use and is consistent with distribution. 

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The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is joint operation with officers and deputies from the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Western Colorado Drug Task Force Arrests Five People for Illegal Drugs and Guns #GVCopBeat

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MESA COUNTY, Colo – On April 28, 2014 the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed three search warrants in Mesa County, following an investigation that began four months ago.  The result is the arrest of multiple people.  The investigation centered on illegal drugs and guns.  The WCDTF received assistance during the takedown from several units from both the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office including the agencies’ Street Crimes Units, SWAT teams, and patrol officers and deputies

The arrested suspects are:

  • Anthony Sanchez of Grand Junction (DOB 4/5/1984)
  • David Perez-Garcia of Grand Junction (DOB 11/28/1980)
  • Alejandro Perez-Garcia of Pamona, CA (DOB 10/23/1982)
  • Anthony Danny Perez of San Bernadino, CA (DOB 3/15/1985)
  • Steven Madrigal of Grand Junction (DOB 5/25/1989)

At this time, all of the court documents associated with the case have been sealed by a judge, so no further information is available for release.  We will update this site when those judge lifts the seal.

Bond updates can be accessed via the Sheriff’s Office website: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us, click on ‘Inmate Inquiry System’.

 

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DAVID PEREZ-GARCIA
ANTHONY SANCHEZ
ANTHONY SANCHEZ
ANTHONY DANNY PEREZ
ANTHONY DANNY PEREZ
ALEJANDRO PEREZ-GARCIA
ALEJANDRO PEREZ-GARCIA

The booking photo for Steven Madrigal is unavailable at this time.

 

Download the pdf news release: DTF Arrests 04-30-2014

Accident Alert Canceled #GVCopBeat #gjco

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The City of Grand Junction is no longer on Accident Alert. Officers will again be responding to non-injury accidents.