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The confusing case of the two Daniell(e) Trujillos of Rifle

John Gardner
jgardner@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Daniell May Trujillo, one of two women from Rifle mixed up in a 2008 case of mistaken identity, is currently in the Garfield County Jail on charges of methamphetamine distribution.

The other woman, Danielle Marie Trujillo, was arrested in May on charges of possession and distribution of methamphetamine. It was not her first run-in with the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT).

Danielle Marie Trujillo, 31, was first arrested in April 2008 on a warrant for distribution of Hydrocodone. However, nearly two weeks later, it was discovered that TRIDENT officers arrested the wrong woman. According to an arrest warrant affidavit for Daniell May Trujillo, TRIDENT admitted that the warrant was issued for the wrong woman.

The affidavit states: “On May 9, 2008, the task force commander contacted [the undercover officer] via phone and advised that there were concerns about the identity of the female party named Danielle Marie Trujillo that had been arrested in reference to this case.”

The affidavit continued that the commander told the undercover officer that the arrest warrant issued in April 2008 might have been issued for the wrong Daniell(e) Trujillo.

The women also look completely different, according to descriptions. Daniell May Trujillo is a 5-foot-4-inch Hispanic woman weighing about 140 pounds, and Danielle Marie Trujillo is described as a 5-foot-4 white woman weighing about 175 pounds.

The charges against Danielle Marie Trujillo were dropped, and she was refunded close to $1,500 in bond money.

A second warrant was issued for Daniell May Trujillo, 27, on May 14, 2008, for possession and distribution of Hydrocodone. However, the District Attorney’s Office quashed that case one month later.

Daniell May Trujillo was never arrested for those charges.

Daniell May Trujillo was arrested in March of this year after a third warrant was issued for her arrest. That warrant was issued on one count of distribution of methamphetamine, stemming from a more recent investigation that took place in early January.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Daniell May Trujillo was allegedly involved in at least one instance involving two other people, where she facilitated a sale of methamphetamine to an undercover officer in January.

Danielle Marie Trujillo was arrested in May this year on two counts each of possession of methamphetamine, distribution, possession with intent to distribute, and attempted possession, all felonies.

In the arrest warrant affidavit for Danielle Marie Trujillo, she reportedly joked to an undercover officer that “she was not the other Daniell Trujillo.” The affidavit states that a total of two controlled purchases were conducted with Danielle Marie Trujillo involving a direct hand-to-hand exchange with an undercover officer. 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.

As for Daniell May Trujillo, court records show that this arrest is a first offense.

Both women are currently being held in the Garfield County Jail awaiting court dates.

Marie Trujillo filed a civil lawsuit, on April 15, 2009, against the task force for false imprisonment and slander over the 2008 arrest. That filing came one month before she was arrested for these latest allegations.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

jgardner@postindependent.com


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