TRIDENT buys 10 grams of meth to build case | PostIndependent.com

TRIDENT buys 10 grams of meth to build case

Ryan Summerlin
rsummerlin@postindependent.com

Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team has been making undercover buys of methamphetamine from a 43-year-old New Castle woman since December.

Over three months, the team used an undercover officer and a confidential informant to make four buys from Amanda Martin in three Glenwood Springs locations, totaling $985 in transactions for about 10 grams of methamphetamine.

The first buy in December occurred in the Glenwood Springs Mall parking lot, in which they purchased just under a gram for $90. At this time Martin was selling with a man named Jack Murphy out of a white and green RV, according to an affidavit. At first, the dealers turned away the would-be buyers.

“I’m done playing games, let’s go,” the officer said, according to an affidavit.

But just minutes after the officer and informant had driven away, they got word that the accused dealers had changed their minds. They drove back to the RV, and Murphy came out to give them a small bag of “white crystalline substance,” later measured at about .9 grams of methamphetamine, the affidavit said.

In January, the team spent $300 on an “8 ball,” one-eighth of an ounce, or about 3.1 grams of methamphetamine. For this buy they met in the parking lot of the Glenwood Springs Subway.

Martin and an unknown woman were seen walking to the site from an apartment on the 400 block of Laurel Street.

By this time she and Murphy had split up, said said. Murphy was arrested April 30 and faces many felony charges, including aggravated menacing with a weapon, aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary, aggravated second-degree assault with a weapon and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Later that month, the document said, TRIDENT purchased another 3.9 grams of methamphetamine from Martin for $325, also occurred in the Subway parking lot.

The fourth and final buy was in February in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot. The same undercover officer bought 2.5 grams for $250.

Martin was arrested Monday night at the Hotel Colorado.

A man at the hotel said Martin’s pit bull had attacked his dog. They tried to break the dogs up, and in the process Martin’s dog bit the man’s girlfriend, according to an affidavit.

Because someone had been bitten, police needed to quarantine Martin’s dog, but in the meantime they ran her through dispatch to find she had a “dangerous drugs” warrant for her arrest.

They found four small baggies with 3.6 grams of methamphetamine in her pocket and two glass pipes.

She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class 4 drug felony; possession of paraphernalia, a petty offense; and unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog, a misdemeanor.

Related to the undercover drug operations, she faces four counts of possession of methamphetamine, a class 4 drug felony, four counts of possession with intent to distribute, a class 4 drug felony, and four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, a class 3 drug felony.

Speed demon found with heroin

Colorado State Patrol arrested a 33-year-old man from Albuquerque, N.M., after clocking him doing 123 mph on Interstate 70, but in his car they also found remnants of a heroin habit.

The speedster was flying east in a Ford Mustang near New Castle when a trooper spotted him passing several vehicles at excessive speeds.

The driver “attempted to hide between two tractor trailers when I caught up to him,” the trooper wrote in an affidavit.

The 33-year-old told the trooper that he didn’t know how fast he was going.

Searching the vehicle, the trooper found a bag with several syringes and a dark gray chunk in a spoon. The man said these were heroin, and he’d last used the previous night. Jail deputies also found a partial pill in his pocket, which the man identified as Subutex, a narcotic pain reliever.

He was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony, and criminal impersonation, a class 6 felony. He also faces misdemeanor charges: speeding 40 mph-plus over the speed limit, reckless driving and driving without a license.


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