TRIDENT arrests two in heroin ring
The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team ended an eight-month investigation into heroin distribution in the Roaring Fork Valley on Sunday, when officers arrested two local women. The investigation began in February, when TRIDENT began receiving information that heroin was being distributed in the valley. It also received information on local people being hospitalized for possible overdoses of heroin. Since the investigation began, TRIDENT identified six individuals who were involved in purchasing heroin in Denver and transporting it back to the Glenwood Springs and Carbondale area for use and distribution. The suspects made multiple trips every week to Denver to purchase the heroin. Since February, TRIDENT has made nine felony arrests related to heroin use. The final two arrests were made early Sunday morning.On Oct. 8, TRIDENT received information that Chesley Seldeen, 38, and Shanti Waldrop, 33, were planning to travel to Denver to purchase heroin. Officers conducted surveillance of Seldeen and Waldrop as they collected money for the heroin in the 2100 block of Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Officers followed Seldeen and Waldrop to eastbound I-70. Several hours later the women returned to Carbondale and Seldeen was on the way to deliver the heroin when she was stopped for traffic violations. She was visibly under the influence of heroin and the drug was found in her coat pocket. Seldeen was arrested and gave TRIDENT officers permission to search her residence at 168 Capital Drive in Carbondale. Shanti Waldrop was arrested there. She was also visibly under the influence of the drug. Drug paraphernalia related to heroin use were seized at the home including several used and unused syringes and needles.Seldeen has been charged with possession, possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin and unlawful use of heroin. Waldrop is charged with conspiracy to distribute and unlawful use of heroin.Possession, and possession with intent to distribute heroin is a class three felony that carries a sentencing range of two to 24 years in prison and a $3,000 to $750,000 fine. Conspiracy to distribute heroin is a class four felony with a range of one to 12 years in prison and a $2,000 to $500,000 fine. Unlawful use of heroin is a class six felony with a range of up to three years in prison and a $1,000 to $100,000 fine.
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