Accused meth mule on the run again
EAGLE COUNTY — An accused meth mule cut off his electronic ankle bracelet and bolted, instead of reporting to prison to begin an 18 year sentence.
Alejandro Carnalla accepted an offer for 18 years in state prison in a Denver case, which rolled in his charges in Eagle and Summit counties.
However, the judge in the Denver case gave Carnalla until Sept. 30 to report to prison and begin his sentence.
He cut off his ankle bracelet and “absconded,” said Rebecca Wiard, the deputy district attorney handling his Eagle County case.
There is a warrant for his arrest, Wiard said.
The Eagle County plea saw Carnalla cop to possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance — a lot of controlled substance.
During an Avon traffic stop a year ago, a police search found up to a half million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine in Carnalla’s Chevy Tahoe, hidden in a safe under the back seat.
District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman ruled that police were deceptive when they got Carnalla’s permission to let them search his vehicle. That gave Carnalla a brief reprieve in his Eagle County case while prosecutors appeal Dunkelman’s ruling, but Carnalla had plenty of problems around the rest of the state.
Carnalla’s trail of trouble
During the last year, Carnalla has been arrested at least five times in Colorado: Once in Avon, once on a warrant out of Frisco, once in Trinidad and twice in Denver.
Carnalla’s Colorado criminal problems began Aug, 14, 2013, when Colorado State Patrol Trooper Shane Gosnell stopped Carnalla in Avon for weaving.
After Carnalla’s arrest in Avon, he posted bond and left Eagle County and headed for metro Denver. Before long he was picked up on a separate warrant from the Colorado State Patrol. He bonded out of jail in Denver.
On Jan. 17, Carnalla drove south toward Las Animas County and Trinidad. Colorado State Patrol Sergeant Tonya Billinger clocked him driving a blue Volkswagen four-door sedan at 96 mph in a 75 mph zone, headed south on Interstate 25 toward New Mexico. When they searched the vehicle, state troopers said they found 22 bogus credit cards. He was also carrying $17,104 in cash, Billinger said. She said he told troopers he owns a trucking company and had sold a vehicle, explaining why he was carrying so much cash.
He posted $15,000 bond and headed back to Denver where, on Jan. 18, he used a fake credit card to buy tires from a Denver tire store.
Denver police caught him that afternoon when he went back to the same store to buy more tires, and tried to use the same fake credit card, Denver police said. Denver police also said he had about a pound of methamphetamine on him when he was arrested. He was released on bond.
After a July 7 motions hearing in the Eagle County Justice Center for that Avon case, Carnalla was arrested on a warrant from Frisco — while he was still in the courthouse. In that Frisco case, Carnalla is accused of identification theft and using a false financial instrument — a fake or stolen credit card. He was held in the Eagle County jail for a few hours that evening, and posted his $15,000 bond at around 10 p.m.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.