On Feb. 1, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office received information from a concerned citizen about a group of people selling illegal fraudulent employment documents.
A detective went undercover, posing as an illegal alien, and purchased a fake permanent resident alien card and social security card. Sergio Edwin Garcia Carranza, age 41 from Carbondale, was arrested for selling the documents.
The investigation led detectives to the document-manufacturing location in Carbondale. With the assistance of the Carbondale Police Department, ECSO detectives seized the $2,000 manufacturing equipment setup, including a laptop computer, printer, and laminator, and fake cards and cash from sales. Victor Daniel Vazquez Cortes, age 30 from Carbondale, was arrested.
The two men were transported to the Eagle County Detention Facility and charged with felony Possession of Forged Instruments (cards) and felony Forgery. They are being held on $5,000 bonds and both have Immigration Holds from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Tips on illegal activity from concerned citizens are vital to Eagle County Sheriff's Office operations. The ECSO will continue to investigate this incident.
If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at (970) 328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.
A resident of an Edwards trailer park reported a theft of jewelry and cash from a bedroom in his home on Jan. 20.
He said the theft occurred on Jan. 18 when he and his wife were away. It looked like a screwdriver had been used to gain access through the locked front door. The next day, they noticed that $200 cash and about $3,290 worth of jewelry was missing.
The resident suspected his brother was responsible. His brother called him on Jan. 18 and asked if he was home. His brother lived in the same trailer park, had stolen from family members in the past and recently needed money.
A deputy interviewed the victim's sibling, who denied knowing anything about the incident. He said he had no idea until his sister-in-law asked him what he did with her jewelry. The deputy told him no one was accusing anybody and advised him to calm down for a day before contacting his brother.
On Jan. 27, a deputy was driving west on U.S. Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail when he saw a car make a dangerous U-turn in icy conditions.
The deputy contacted the 50-year-old driver and asked to see his license. The man said he "turned like that" because he decided to go to an alcohol class.
A records check revealed that his license had been revoked twice for alcohol violations and was currently under restraint.
The man was arrested for driving with a restrained license and making an improper U-turn.
A deputy received a call from an anonymous informant on Jan. 27 about a 61-year-old woman who was driving illegally.
The officer was informed that the woman was supposed to have her car equipped with an interlock device, which would prevent her from driving if she had alcohol on her breath. The woman did not have an interlock device and often drove drunk.
The deputy was familiar with the suspect from a previous welfare check. The woman had an extensive Colorado driving history, including multiple traffic and alcohol infractions. The deputy intercepted the suspect at her home in Edwards.
As the woman got out of her car, which wasn't parked properly within the lines, she hit the vehicle next to her with the car door. The deputy told her about the complaint that she was driving without an interlock and asked if that was true. The woman said, "Yes, but my license is valid."
She displayed signs of intoxication and the deputy asked if she had been drinking. The woman said she had and tried to walk past the officer to her home. She had to be detained in handcuffs for questioning. The officer also searched her car and found three empty beer cans.
The woman had to choose a blood or breath test. She eventually chose to have a blood test but then changed her mind at the hospital. The deputy explained the consequences of refusing the test and the woman accused the deputy of ruining her life.
At the jail, she was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with an open container of alcohol and violating restrictions on her driver's license. Her license was revoked.
On Jan. 28, a deputy saw a car speeding through a Gypsum neighborhood in a 20 mph zone.
The deputy pulled in behind the car as it parked in front of a house. The officer saw two young children in the back seat. They were seat-belted in and crying when he contacted the 31-year-old driver.
The woman smelled of alcohol and displayed other signs of intoxication. She said she had a couple of drinks at a friend's house earlier that night.
She wanted to tend to her children but the deputy made her stay in the car. He had another officer take the kids into the house where their father was.
The woman agreed to perform voluntary roadside tests but was crying and did not complete them to the officers' satisfaction. She submitted to a breath test, which registered .181 - about twice the legal limit of .08.
She was cited for DUI, speeding and two counts of child abuse.