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Two more drug arrests made

At least two more arrests have been made and up to 15 in total may result from a months-long investigation into a local drug ring.District Attorney Martin Beeson confirmed the additional arrests Wednesday and said he expected more to follow. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said he believes as many as 15 arrests may result from the investigation.Jose Jesus Sanchez-Ceja, a suspected ringleader, was arrested Monday night near the Lazy Glen trailer park near Basalt and is being held inlieu of $750,000 bond because he is considered to be a flight risk.Beeson declined to identify the latest arrestees, but two people have been advised this week in court of charges that apparently are related to the investigation.Ivan Dizan Rascon-Garcia is charged with a total of 24 felony counts related to cocaine distribution, possession and possession with intent to distribute. He also faces charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and theft charges, including one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated motor vehicle theft.Kristie Kay Goodhard faces four felony drug charges, including possession, conspiracy to possess, conspiracy to distribute and unlawful use.Officials with the local TRIDENT – interagency drug enforcement team – and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration expected to issue a news release on the drug investigation today. Beeson said he couldn’t get into specifics Wednesday because he feared compromising the ongoing investigation.”I certainly don’t want to put the health and safety of officers in the field in jeopardy,” he said.Because of the ongoing arrests, Beeson obtained a court order sealing arrest warrants, search warrants and arrest affidavits.”I do anticipate in the very near future filing a motion with the court to unseal them,” he said.Beeson said the investigation spans Garfield and Pitkin counties. Vallario said it could extend as far away as Denver.The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, also was asked to participate in the arrests because some of the suspects are from other countries and may be in the United States illegally, Vallario said. Sanchez-Ceja reportedly had been deported in the 1970s but returned illegally.Vallario, who is chairman of Trident’s board, said the arrests are the result of an extensive investigation.”There was a lot of effort put into it in the last several months by a lot of different agencies,” he said.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com


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