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Woman busted for allegedly selling cocaine to cops again

EAGLE — An Edwards woman who pleaded guilty in 2012 to cocaine distribution was back in court last week for the same thing.

Alma Veronica Mendoza, 42, allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover cop in April. She was in Eagle County Court on Tuesday morning for her latest case. She and Gerardo Muro-Burgos, 33, face at least two felonies each.

When Eagle County Sheriff's deputies searched Mendoza's and Muro-Burgos' Edwards mobile home, they allegedly found 14 grams of cocaine. Another ounce of coke later turned up during the search, police said.

Both Mendoza and Muro-Burgos were booked into the Eagle County jail. Among the charges they face are possession of a controlled substance-cocaine, a class 4 drug felony, and distribution of a controlled substance-cocaine, a class 3 drug felony.

Mendoza is free on bond.

Twice busted

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In 2012, Mendoza was arrested during a similar drug investigation and charged with distributing cocaine and marijuana.

Mendoza, who was living in Minturn at the time, sold cocaine to an undercover cop while small children were present.

During her arrest, deputies swept Mendoza's Minturn mobile home and found approximately 40 grams of cocaine packaged for sale, as well as drug distribution materials, cash, fake identification cards and a 12-gauge shotgun.

While she was selling to an undercover cop in that 2012 case, her 17-year-old son was selling marijuana and cocaine to an undercover cop. Her son was sent to a juvenile facility in Denver.

Mendoza pleaded guilty in that 2012 case to attempted narcotics distribution, a class 4 felony.

In her 2012 case, prosecutor Braden Angel asked for jail time. Defense attorney Terry O'Connor asked for leniency.

Mendoza told the court she has five children.

The judge sentenced her to two years probation, 80 hours of community service and required her to pay $3,728.50 in costs and fees. She spent 40 hours as a holiday bell ringer for the Salvation Army and got credit for 80 hours worked, according to court documents.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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