Mother-son pairs accused of dealing meth in Rifle bust
Ryan Summerlin September 16, 2013
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Two mother-son duos are among those accused of selling methamphetamines to undercover agents of the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) during a recent investigation in Rifle.
According to authorities, Debra Black, 52, and Karma Montgomery, 40, were part of a ring of dealers that included Black’s son, Gilbert Cuevas, 36, and Montgomery’s son, Brett Montgomery, 18.
Because Brett Montgomery allegedly was involved in selling methamphetamine to an agent before Montgomery turned 18 on Sept. 3, he is being tried as a juvenile, and his court file is not available to the public.
Both mother-son duos were advised in Ninth Judicial District Court on Tuesday. The Montgomerys had bonded out of jail as of Wednesday afternoon. Each paid a bond of $5,000 to be released.
Black and Cuevas, however, remained in jail on Wednesday, in lieu of payment of $40,000 bonds per individual.
According to police and TRIDENT agents, the four were involved in selling meth to agents last spring, starting in May, at locations in Rifle.
An arrest warrant affidavit for Cuevas revealed that he allegedly was using the names “Gil” and “Gilby” while meeting with customers, meetings that often took place at a Rifle home that Cuevas shared with his mother.
At one such meeting, according to an affidavit, the TRIDENT agent entered the home to find Cuevas, his mother and a “Karma Zarlingo,” whom he also identified as Karma Montgomery.
During different encounters between the agents and these three suspects, according to the affidavit, all three were involved in transactions, selling packages of differing weights to TRIDENT agents.
During a sweep by police and TRIDENT agents on Sept. 9, the Montgomerys as well as Black and Cuevas, were taken into custody, according to police.
In addition, all four appeared in court on Tuesday, to be advised of the charges against them by District Judge Denise Lynch, along with defendants Darrell H. Cross, Dawn A. Franklin, David Jaramillo, Scott A. Martin, and Randy B. Murray.
Beside the Montgomerys, Jaramillo, 34, has paid his $5,000 bond and been released from jail.