Rifle woman gets probation in attempted distribution case | PostIndependent.com

Rifle woman gets probation in attempted distribution case

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Rifle woman received a deferred jail sentence for attempting to sell narcotics to an undercover officer in March 2009.

Danielle Marie Trujillo, 32, was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty in February to one count of attempted distribution of methamphetamine, a class four felony.

She also received three years of supervised probation and 80 hours of useful public service among other stipulations.

Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre credited Trujillo with 48 days time served, and suspended the remainder of the jail sentence as long as she complies with the stipulations of her probation.

In support of her guilty plea, the District Attorney’s office agreed to drop six similar charges against Trujillo.

The court argued that on March 18, 2009, Trujillo attempted to sell methamphetamine to an undercover officer of the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Task Force (TRIDENT). According to the arrest affidavit, a TRIDENT officer purchased three grams of methamphetamine from Trujillo for $375.

This sentence is the final step in a twisted tale of undercover officers, drug deals, mistaken identities and false arrests, which started with the 2008 arrest of 30 individuals suspected to be involved in a drug ring called “The Boys”.

Trujillo was one of the individuals arrested in the county-wide round-up in April 2008 on a warrant for distribution of Hydrocodone. However, nearly two weeks later, authorities discovered that TRIDENT officers arrested the wrong Danielle Trujillo. Officers were actually looking for Daniell May Trujillo, of Rifle.

Daniell May Trujillo was never charged in the case, but was arrested in March 2009 for methamphetamine distribution in a separate case.

The District Attorney’s office dropped the charges against Danielle Marie Trujillo. She received a settlement from TRIDENT after filing a civil lawsuit for false imprisonment and slander over the 2008 arrest. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.

However, one month after she filed the lawsuit, in April 2009, she was arrested in the case for which she was sentenced, Thursday.

Daniell May Trujillo, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in her case next week.


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