Girl arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A 16-year-old girl with cocaine stashed in her bra told police she’d been to a Cooper Avenue residence over 10 times to get the drug, police said.
She was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession around 1 a.m. as Wednesday night turned to Thursday. Authorities executed a search warrant at a white building with black trim at 906 Cooper Avenue number two. A strand of yellow police tape still crossed the door below the faded 906 address Friday. Several windows remained broken on the south side of the building.
Authorities also arrested Ernesto Escamillo, 48, on suspicion of cocaine possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ruben Cruz Gallardo, 43, was arrested on the same charges, plus criminal impersonation, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Caleb Liston, who lives a few houses down, said he became concerned when he was told by friends they’d heard gunshots. But after he walked by 906 Cooper Avenue, he said, it looked like the noise was probably just police knocking in the door.
“I’d like to not see that stuff have to happen in our neighborhood,” he said.
Liston saw about six or seven police vehicles and a Drug Enforcement Administration agent carrying a plastic tub into the residence. He said he would have been much more concerned if authorities discovered something more serious like a meth lab.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release a “small amount” of cocaine was found along with a handgun. Trident declined to share further information about what led to the search warrant.
According to a Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team arrest affidavit, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent discovered a plastic bag of suspected cocaine in the ceiling tiles of the kitchen, plus Escamillo’s wallet and a bag of suspected marijuana in a room. A 16-year-old girl at the residence told authorities Escamillo gave her the cocaine they found in her bra, and said she’d been there over 10 times to “get” cocaine from Escamillo, the affidavit says.
An arrest warrant affidavit for Cruz Gallardo mentions the cocaine in the ceiling and says he admitted he was living in a room next to the kitchen area.
Escamillo is being held on $64,500 bond, in part for contempt of court in an unresolved 2005 case including assault and drug charges. Cruz Gallardo is held on $12,500 bond and also had an outstanding warrant from a 2004 DUI case, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office. Neither posted bond by mid-day Friday. Both are to appear for formal filing of charges March 19.
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