21 people arrested in Garfield County drug trafficking stings
In two different operations, the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team arrested 21 suspected Garfield County drug traffickers, authorities said.
In the first operation, TRIDENT officers arrested eight people after five months of investigations resulted in undercover buys of 253.25 grams of methamphetamine, 29.2 grams of cocaine and 50 hits of acid. TRIDENT officers reportedly made 15 “controlled purchases” from the suspects in and around Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.
Two of the suspects were indicted on federal charges while the other six face felony charges in district court.
The suspects range in age from 18 to 31: Jasmine Juan-Lucas, 18; Michael Muro, 24; Abran Gutierrez, 21; Brian Nevares, 19; Roberto Martinez, 21; Javier Joya, 23; Sergio Santiago Gonzales Lomeli, 22; and Rigoberto Felix, 31.
In a separate TRIDENT operation that spanned October 2015 to August 2017, task force officers arrested 15 people accused of involvement in trafficking of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Felix and Gonzales-Lomeli were charged in both cases.
In the second operation, officers say they seized 6,200 grams of methamphetamine, 330.6 grams of cocaine, seven grams of heroin, more than $21,000 in cash and three firearms.
The other 12 suspects arrested in that operation were Paul Hernandez Contreras, Daniel Tapia-Morales, Sean Herrera, Brandon Latigue, Ricardo Morales, David Sosa, Marco Valdez, Karinda Sills, David Lopez-Cuellar, Jason Scott Foreman, Anthony William Toovey, Maria Quezada and Rodolfo Castillo.
“Suspects arrested by TRIDENT are considered to have significant involvement in the drug trade within Garfield County and our local communities,” the task force wrote in a news release. “Arrests result in drug trafficking organizations losing thousands of dollars in potential profit from narcotics sales.”