Garfield County Crime Briefs: False statement leads to bombs, meth
At approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, an officer with the Rifle Police Department noticed a “validated and active gang member” driving to a location “known to be involved in illegal drug activity.”
According to the arrest affidavit, the 31-year-old male subject was seen going to and from the residence for approximately 25 minutes, before leaving with a 30-year-old female driver.
Soon afterward, an officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for “a defective license plate lamp.”
The female driver told the officer that she, along with the male subject, “were coming from a family member’s residence near the old KFC restaurant on the north side of Rifle.”
According to the affidavit, the female driver’s “false statement” as to their whereabouts prompted a police K-9 unit to the scene. The dog later “positively indicated the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle.”
While conducting a probable cause search of the vehicle, officers discovered “two improvised explosive devices.” According to the affidavit, “both devices were attached to lengths of cannon fuse as ignition sources.”
According to the arrest affidavit, the search also turned up 3.4 grams of a white substance, which tested presumptive positive for meth. An additional schedule II pill was also uncovered.
Bomb technicians from the Grand Junction Bomb squad responded to the scene to investigate the improvised explosive devices. Following X-rays of the devises they met the definition of a bomb according to the affidavit.
After questioning both subjects, the female driver was released as she denied any knowledge of the items located. Additionally a search of the female subject’s backpack found, “nothing of evidentiary value.”
After agreeing to speak to officers, the male subject, “advised his ‘homie’ gave the [improvised explosive devices] to him and that he could tape nails to them.”
The male was subsequently booked into the Garfield County Jail on charges of possession of an explosive or incendiary device, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
TRAFFIC RAP SHEET, AND METH
At approximately 1:23 p.m. on Tuesday, an officer with the Rifle Police Department pulled over a vehicle in a hotel parking lot for driving with a cracked windshield.
According to the arrest affidavit filed with the 9th District Court, after running the driver’s name, Garfield County Communications confirmed with the Department of Revenue that the 35-year-old male driver was suspended as a habitual traffic offender, with “seventeen additional active driving restraints.”
The driver was immediately arrested and transported to the Garfield County Jail.
Following the driver’s arrest, a K-9 sniff of the subject’s vehicle was requested and initiated at approximately 2:03 p.m., as the vehicle “contained known narcotics users,” according to the affidavit.
After the K-9 “gave a final indication of the presence of one of the certified drug odors,” a probable cause search led to the discovery of a cigarette pack containing bags of a white crystalline substance, which weighed 7.7 grams and tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.
The suspect was subsequently booked into the Garfield County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving as a habitual traffic offender.
ONLINE DATE LEADS TO METH ARREST
At approximately 2:52 a.m. Tuesday, an officer with the Parachute Police Department responded to call from an unknown female “stating there was a male inside of her house that had methamphetamine on him.”
Upon arrival, the reporting party told officers she did not know the male subject but had picked him up that night after meeting on the internet.
“During the course of her meeting online and then hanging out at her apartment, she found out about his usage of methamphetamine and warrants for his arrest,” the arrest affidavit stated.
According to the arrest affidavit, after confirming the 20-year-old male subject’s actual name dispatch confirmed multiple warrants for his arrest.
The suspect also allegedly “admitted to having a methamphetamine pipe.”
The male was transported and booked into the Garfield County Jail without incident and charged with criminal impersonation, false reporting to authorities, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal possession or consumption of ethyl alcohol by an underage person.
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