Man, two juveniles, charged in TRIDENT cocaine bust
On Saturday, the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team, Rifle Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, concluded an investigation that began on Oct. 20. In October TRIDENT began to receive intelligence that Miguel Toscano, 18, of Rifle, and a juvenile from Rifle were involved in the distribution and use of cocaine and marijuana in the Rifle area. TRIDENT officers conducted three undercover purchases of cocaine from Toscano and the juvenile, purchasing a total of 199.5 grams (approximately 7 ounces) of marijuana, and approximately 9 grams of cocaine from the two suspects.On Saturday TRIDENT officers made arrangements with Toscano to purchase marijuana and cocaine, in the 400 block of West Third Street in Rifle. Toscano arrived to the deal with Rifle resident Billy Joe Wood Jr., 33, and the juvenile. TRIDENT had obtained arrest warrants for both Toscano and the juvenile, and in the course of the transaction attempted to take both into custody. Wood and the juvenile fled the scene in Wood’s vehicle and led Rifle Police officers and Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies on a vehicle pursuit through the town of Rifle. Wood ultimately attempted to flee to his residence, 2419 Rail Ave., where sheriff’s deputies arrested him after a brief struggle and resisting arrest. It was discovered that Wood was on bond for unrelated drug charges. The juvenile was arrested on the outstanding arrest warrant without further incident. Toscano fled the original scene on foot and led Rifle Police officers and sheriff’s deputies on a foot chase in the 300 block of Park Avenue. Toscano was able to avoid capture and is currently wanted by TRIDENT on an outstanding felony narcotics distribution warrant. As a result of the investigation, one other juvenile subject was issued a juvenile summons for conspiring to distribute cocaine and was released to his father. Wood was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, a Class 4 felony with a range of two to six years in prison and a fine from $2,000 to $500,000, as well as reckless driving, vehicular eluding, resisting arrest and other charges.The juveniles both face felony charges of conspiracy to distribute a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), and the first juvenile faces other charges as well.Toscano is wanted on a number of felony charges of possession with intent to distribute.TRIDENT is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force funded through federal, state and local government funding sources. Anyone with information about drug trafficking in the area is encouraged to call TRIDENT at 945-8790.
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