TRIDENT arrests three in undercover investigation
Police have arrested three men and immigration officials have taken four people into custody in connection with an undercover investigation into drug trafficking in Glenwood Springs. An arrest warrant for another suspect also has been issued in the case.The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, or TRIDENT, said in a news release Wednesday that police made the arrests after executing search warrants Friday at 1043 Sprucewood Lane and 929 and 1120 Palmer Ave. in Glenwood.Undercover officers previously had bought a total of 19.4 grams of cocaine and 2.7 grams of methamphetamine from four residences in town, TRIDENT said.Immigration & Customs Enforcement contacted 17 undocumented residents in connection with the investigation. The agency took into custody one resident based on a prior deportation order and three others for direct involvement in the alleged drug trafficking.The Garfield County Department of Social Services also took custody of three children from one home and two from another in connection with the case. Police were concerned that narcotics were routinely being sold in front of the children, who are between 1 and 15 years old, and that the drugs were stored in areas easily accessible to them, TRIDENT said.Arrested and booked into Garfield County Jail were:– Guillermo Martinez, 21, of 1043 Sprucewood Lane, on single counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and child abuse, and two counts each of distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine.– Jesus Lopes de la Paz, 29, of 929 Palmer Ave., on two counts each of distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of cocaine, and single counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and child abuse.– Fidel Villanueva, 34, 1047 Sprucewood Lane, on two counts each of distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of cocaine.An arrest warrant on drug-related charges also has been issued for Santiago Marcos Jimenez-Garcia, 28, of 428 Sprucewood Lane. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call TRIDENT at 945-8790. The most serious of the charges filed in the case carries a penalty range of two to 24 years in prison and a $3,000 to $750,000 fine.TRIDENT is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force. The Garfield County All Hazard Response Team, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, and Glenwood, Rifle and Carbondale police participated in executing the search warrants in the case.
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