17 arrested, 10 at large in drug case | PostIndependent.com

17 arrested, 10 at large in drug case

With 17 arrests so far, 10 suspects remain at large in the ongoing Rifle area drug trafficking investigation that has resulted in the seizure of 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.5 ounces of heroin, three firearms and $30,000 in assets.

The drug ring, which is alleged to have smuggled meth into the area out of California and Arizona, is not believed to be connected to the group investigators discovered operating out of the Carbondale area last year.

“Right now, we’re looking at this as separate drug trafficking case,” said Silt Police Chief Levy Burris, who serves chairman of Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, a multijurisdictional drug task force.

New arrests related to the sting include Caitlin Grandona, 19, of Northridge, California; Brittney Ferpes, 31, of Grand Junction; Charles Mosby, 54, of Grand Junction; Joadie Griebel, 47, of Rifle; Teresa Jess, 28, of Rifle; Joseph Maier, 35, of Rifle; Tyrell Portlock, 43, of Rifle; Amber Plummer, 27, of Silt; and Brandon Jensen, 29, of Glenwood Springs. Authorities also arrested one minor, whose name was not released.

According to Burris, several suspects were picked up together in Arizona. Most of the suspected conspirators have previously been arrested for drug-related crimes.

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