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Suspect in Denver homicide arrested with drugs in Rifle

Manuel Ocampo

Garfield County law enforcement arrested a suspect wanted for a 2013 Denver double homicide in Rifle Thursday and found more than a pound of meth in the man’s apartment.

Sheriff’s officers received a tip Wednesday from Denver Police indicating Manuel Ocampo, 29, was living in Garfield County. Ocampo had two active warrants in the Denver area in addition to being a suspect in the homicide investigation, including bench warrants for failure to appear in Jefferson and Adams counties.

Denver Police first contacted Garfield County Sheriffs Wednesday to say that a cell phone belonging to Ocampo had been traced to Glenwood Springs Jan. 5, according to an affidavit.

The Denver officers believed Ocampo had abandoned the phone, and obtained a warrant to track a new phone.

Early Thursday morning, Ocampo’s phone had been traced to a Rifle hotel, and with help from the managers, sheriff’s deputies were able to see that Ocampo had gone inside the hotel the night before.

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Ocampo’s phone then was pinged at an apartment building in Rifle, where police set up surveillance. The Garfield County All-Hazards Response Team mobilized to serve the warrant at approximately 4:20 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Ocampo exited through the rear of the building as the SWAT team closed in, but was arrested without incident, according to the affidavit. During an advisement hearing on Friday, Deputy District Attorney Anthony Hershey characterized the exit as an attempt to flee.

The sheriff’s deputies found apparent meth pipes in plain sight in Ocampo’s room, what amounted to “distribution quantities” of methamphetamine and heroin, two digital scales and several balls of methamphetamine rolled in foil, apparently for sale, the affidavit stated.

Sheriff’s also found a 9mm handgun and a Social Security identification card, which turned out to be fake, in Ocampo’s apartment.

Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger set bond for Ocampo at $50,000, cash only. Ocampo’s next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.

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