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February 22, 2012
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The Eagle County Sheriff's Office arrested three men for distribution of cocaine on Feb. 13.

The ECSO used an undercover operator to purchase cocaine in Edwards from Oscar Gonzalez-Valadez, 25, from Avon, and Alejandro Rodriguez-Serna, 31, from Avon.

Information from those two dealers led to their supplier of cocaine at an apartment in Avon. Ezequiel Galaviz-Roman, 39, from Avon, was arrested and more cocaine was seized.

All three men were charged with felony possession and felony distribution of cocaine. They are being held in the Eagle County jail on $50,000 bonds each. All three men are illegally in the United States from Mexico and have immigration detainers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Tips on illegal drug activity from concerned citizens are vital to Eagle County Drug Task Force operations. The ECSO will continue to investigate this incident.

If you think you may have any information about suspects or any 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, 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.

Electrical wire was stolen from a Gypsum business on Spring Creek Road between Feb. 8-9.

Someone entered the business through a combination-lock door, opened the garage door, moved ATVs out of the way, backed up a truck or trailer and loaded it with the miscellaneous wire. The wire was worth about $9,900 and the garage door was left open.

A man told the deputy that his nearby storage unit was also burglarized a few days earlier. The lock was cut and his Millermatic Mig welder worth $1,800 was stolen. Several other expensive tools were left in place.

On Feb. 10, a deputy saw a speeding truck turn into an Avon trailer park. The truck continued to speed through the neighborhood, going over speed bumps and veering to avoid pedestrians as it accelerated.

The deputy followed and stopped the 19-year-old driver. The man grinned and giggled to his two friends in the truck when asked if he thought his speed was appropriate.

The driver was unable to provide proof of insurance and registration, and he did not have a license. He had been cited for driving without a license before. The deputy was arresting him for reckless driving when he smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed an 18-pack of beer in the truck.

The driver and his passengers, an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old, eventually admitted to consuming a few beers each. It was unclear who bought the beer but the 21-year-old had not.

The 21-year-old did admit to possessing some marijuana, however, which he handed over. He was warned for possession of drug paraphernalia and released from the scene. The 18-year-old was cited for underage consumption of alcohol and the 19-year-old driver was taken to jail for a breath test.

The 19-year-old was booked into jail for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, failure to provide proof of insurance and driving without a license.

It was later discovered that the 21-year-old had a warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of possessing alcohol as a minor. The deputy found him at home and took him to jail as well.

On Feb. 10, a woman reported that two men were fighting outside her trailer home on U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards. Both men lived in her residence.

The first man deputies contacted was 41 years old and drunk. He had a cut over his left eye and admitted to fighting.

Officers contacted the second man, who was 54. He was quiet about what happened but a witness who also lived in the home where the fight occurred said the 41-year-old was responsible.

The witness said the 54-year-old has never been a problem but the other man often causes problems when he is drunk. He said the 41-year-old instigated the scuffle and the 54-year-old punched him once in the face, knocking him to the ground.

The 41-year-old was cited for disorderly conduct.

A deputy stopped a car for driving too slow on westbound Interstate 70 in Dotsero on Feb. 12. The car was going 55 mph and slowed to 45 mph in a 75 mph zone.

The 18-year-old driver said she was going back to college in Grand Junction after visiting friends in Denver. She was driving slow because of snowy weather.

The woman acted nervous and the deputy smelled cigarette and marijuana smoke. The teen said she smoked cigarettes but denied smoking marijuana until the officer asked more questions.

The deputy searched the car and found five marijuana pipes with other paraphernalia.

The woman was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Feb. 13, a Gypsum resident was in her barn off Cooley Mesa Road when she heard a loud noise.

She went outside and saw that a white Toyota truck had gone through a fence on the other side of the road. She didn't see the truck go off the road - she only saw it driving over the fence as it left the scene. It appeared to have damage to its front end.

The deputy who took the report learned that the damaged property was owned by the county, which leases the land to the 4-H Club. The estimated cost to fix the fence is less than $100.

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The VailDaily Updated Feb 22, 2012 01:03PM Published Feb 22, 2012 01:00PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.