(Editor’s note: The following information comes from official police department incident reports. Arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven or otherwise pleading guilty in court.)-On July 8, the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (Trident), with the assistance of parole officers from the Colorado Department of Corrections and Parachute Police Department, arrested three people after the sale of approximately one pound of marijuana to an undercover officer in the Parachute area.During the arrest one suspect fled on foot, but was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. All three suspects are on parole and are now being held in jail without bond pending the outcome of parole hearings. Timothy Hacker, 24, of Grand Junction was arrested on suspicion of distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana and driving while ability impaired. James Waegli Jr., 24, of Grand Junction was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer. Parole officers took the third person into custody, but no drug charges were filed.-On July 3, Trident, with the assistance of the State Liquor Enforcement, Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, closed an ongoing investigation of an organization that was allegedly selling cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and imitation LSD in the Battlement Mesa and Parachute areas. The investigation stemmed from officers allegedly purchasing drugs from Richard Sackse, 38, of Grand Junction. Sackse was arrested on 13 related drug counts.Trident also arrested several others in the case:Tracy Crowe, 41, of Battlement Mesa was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of prescription drugs.Ronnie Hooks, 45, of Battlement Mesa was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Dennis Garrett II, 24, of Parachute was arrested on suspicion of distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful use of methamphetamine. Thomas Drake, 35, of Parachute was arrested on suspicion of distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine. Miguel Ruelas, 20, of Parachute was arrested on suspicion of distribution of imitation LSD and possession with intent to distribute the controlled substance. Fabian Cruz-Dominguez, 21, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana more than 8 ounces.Nicole Hazelhurst, 19, of Battlement Mesa was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Two other people involved in the investigation remain at large with warrants for their arrest for numerous narcotic related offenses, according to Trident.-On July 1, Glenwood Springs police arrested Jorge Alons Valenzuela-Contreras, 25, of Carbondale on suspicion of drunken driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance. -On July 6, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Clifford A. Walker, 43, of New Castle on suspicion of third-degree assault after allegedly injuring a female’s right cheek just below the eye. -On July 7, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kenneth W. Hillis, 42, of Rangely on suspicion of drunken driving, weaving and no registration card. -On July 7, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Clinton H. Brown, 41, of Parachute on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment.
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