Suspect in case of mistaken identity seeks bond release
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The court-appointed attorney for Danielle Marie Trujillo will request that the woman, who is suing the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) over an alleged case of mistaken identity, be freed from jail on the personal recognizance bond.
Danielle Marie Trujillo, 31, of Rifle, is currently being held on $50,000 bond in Garfield County Jail on charges including two counts each of possession of methamphetamine, distribution, possession with intent to distribute, and attempted possession, all felonies.
At a court hearing Thursday, 9th District Judge Daniel Petre appointed Carbondale attorney Kathy Goudy to represent Danielle Marie Trujillo. Goudy indicated she will file a motion next week for a bond reduction. The case was continued until June 25.
Goudy is also representing Danielle Marie Trujillo in her civil lawsuit against the drug task force, claiming she was falsely arrested and held in custody in spring 2008.
The lawsuit was filed in district court in Glenwood Springs on April 15 of this year, one month before she was arrested again on new drug charges.
According to an arrest affidavit, undercover officers made two purchases of controlled substances from Danielle Marie Trujillo earlier this spring. She also has an extensive criminal history including a conviction for unlawful use of a felony controlled substance, and multiple arrests for narcotics possession, paraphernalia, child abuse and burglary, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Danielle Marie Trujillo was first arrested in April 2008 on a warrant for distribution of Hydrocodone. However, it was discovered that TRIDENT officers arrested the wrong woman, and that they instead intended to arrest Daniell May Trujillo, age 27, also of Rifle (see related story at right).
The original charges against Danielle Marie Trujillo were dropped, and she was refunded close to $1,500 in bond money.
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