RIFLE — Police arrested and jailed eight people and are in the process of arresting five more in a bust that involved two homes in the City of Rifle and warrants for 13 people said to be involved in drug trafficking.
According to statements from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Rifle Police Department, the busts began at about 4 a.m. on Monday, when agents from the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), as well as officers from other agencies, served two search warrants at the homes, the addresses of which were not released.
The busts were the result of a TRIDENT investigation that started in May, when undercover agents began buying methamphetamine from sources in Rifle.
Over the ensuing four months, according to the statement, TRIDENT agents conducted 17 purchases, resulting in the accumulation of 117 grams of meth and 1.4 grams of hashish, a concentrated form of marijuana.
A total of 13 arrest warrants were issued, leading to the arrests of eight suspects, contacts from three others who said they would turn themselves in to authorities, and a continuing search for two remaining suspects.
TRIDENT reported that two “additional arrests were made as a result of the search warrants.”
No names of any of the suspects, including the ones in custody, were available on Monday afternoon.
According to authorities, the suspects have a “combined past record of over 70 non-drug related arrests and charges, ranging from DUI, burglary, assaults, weapons charges and sex assaults.”
TRIDENT is a multi-jurisdictional task force funded through federal, state and local sources.