Drug rings keep TRIDENT busy over last 2 years
Over the last two years, Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team has waged a campaign against the Roaring Fork Valley’s drug rings, and officers have been listening in on their targets’ phone conversations to build evidence.
For 2014 and 2015, District Attorney Sherry Caloia listed 30 drug cases, for both felony and misdemeanor crimes, resulting from this effort.
TRIDENT got 13 wiretap warrants for 11 different phones in 2014, resulting in nine cases, eight of which have resulted in a conviction with one pending.
Last year the drug enforcement team got eight wiretap warrants for six phones, and the DA’s office has prosecuted 16 resulting cases to conviction, with five cases pending court proceedings.
“The wiretaps were extensive and involved numerous individuals, thousands of conversations among various people, surveillance of suspected dealers and hundreds of hours of investigatory work to put together a case linking individuals to these drug distribution networks,” Caloia wrote in a press release.
“Putting these cases together for presentation to a jury was both involved and complicated and the efforts of the (TRIDENT) and the DA’s prosecutors were extraordinary.”
Business for TRIDENT might not be slowing. The drug enforcement team recently made a “controlled purchase” from 40-year-old Elizabeth Britton and soon after arrested her with nearly 30 grams of heroin. Officers found two children with her in the vehicle.
She was arrested on charges of possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a schedule I controlled substance and child abuse. These charges carry up to 24 years in prison and from $3,000 to $750,000 in fines.
TRIDENT partnered with Glenwood Springs police and Garfield County Sheriff’s Threat Assessment Group for the operation.
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