Suspect arrested in Rifle for fentanyl possession, sexual assault

A man accused of fentanyl possession, sexual assault an multiple other felonies was arrested in Rifle on Thursday, according to a Rifle Police Department news release.

Following an investigation that began in January 2022,, Douglas Medding Gates was booked into Garfield County Jail for  a slew of charges including possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance (fentanyl), and unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance (fentanyl).

Douglas Medding Gates

In addition to drug-related offenses, Gates is charged with several counts related to the sexual exploitation of children. These include sexual exploitation of children (felony), patronizing a prostituted child (felony), and inducement of child prostitution (felony).

The charges continue with sexual assault where the victim is incapable.

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