3 arrested on drug charges
Post Independent Staff
WEST GLENWOOD – Three men were arrested in West Glenwood Thursday for possession and intent to distribute more than eight pounds of marijuana.
The arrests stemmed from an ongoing investigation conducted by the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) with assistance from the Glenwood Springs Police Department.
TRIDENT officers took Bill Duran, 51, of 163 County Road 135, into custody. He faces charges of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of distribution of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and possession of marijuana.
Officers also arrested Oscar Estrada, 34, of Denver, on suspicion of possession, distribution, conspiracy to distribute, and possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana; and Enrique Hinojosa-Bencomo, 29, of New Castle, on suspicion of possession, distribution, conspiracy and possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana.
The marijuana seized by the officers was pre-packaged for distribution and was also in packaged brick form, according to a news release from TRIDENT.
Officers also seized a Marlin .22 caliber rifle and a New England 12-gauge shotgun at Duran’s residence.
All the men face a class 5 felony charge of possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana, which carries a sentencing range of one to six years in prison and a $1,000-$100,000 fine. All other charges are class 4 felonies, punishable by 1-12 years in prison and a $2,000-$5,000 fine.
TRIDENT, is a drug task force funded through federal, state and local sources. Anyone with information about narcotic trafficking in the area is asked to call 945-8790.
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