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Second 2009 arrest for Rifle woman suing cops for 2008 false arrest

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Danielle Marie Trujillo
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RIFLE, Colorado – A Rifle woman, who was wrongfully arrested in connection with an alleged drug ring in 2008, has been arrested for a second time this year, for allegedly assaulting a family member.

Danielle Marie Trujillo, 31, was arrested around 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 17 after Rifle Police were called to a residence at 410 W. 25th St. in Rifle. According to Rifle Police, Trujillo was arrested for assaulting a family member, and later released on bond.

Rifle Police Department didn’t release specific information regarding the matter on Thursday.

Trujillo was arrested in May on felony drug charges of possession of methamphetamine, distribution, possession with intent to distribute, and attempted possession. She is awaiting arraignment on those charges.

Falsely arrested in April 2008 by the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), Trujillo was charged with distribution of Hydrocodone. Nearly two weeks after the arrest, the taskforce admitted the error of arresting the wrong woman and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges against her.

The taskforce was actually looking for Daniell May Trujillo, 27, of Rifle in the 2008 distribution case, but she was never charged in the case. May Trujillo was also arrested in March 2009 for methamphetamine distribution.

Danielle Marie Trujillo filed a civil federal lawsuit on April 15 against the taskforce for false imprisonment and slander over the 2008 arrest. That filing came one month before she was arrested for the latest allegations.

According to court documents, a notice of settlement was filed in the federal lawsuit on Aug. 14, by attorney Eric Ziporin of Senter, Goldfarb and Rice LLC. Ziporin represents Mike Tyler and Rifle Police officer Mike Kuper, two of the defendants named in the suit.

Carbondale attorney Kathy Goudy, representing Trujillo, confirmed that a settlement is pending in the case, and that the exact terms are still being negotiated and could not be disclosed. However, Goudy said, “It will be a final settlement resolving all issues, and once a settlement is signed, Ms. Trujillo will dismiss her case against all parties as the matters will be resolved.”

A phone call to Ziporin seeking comment was not immediately returned Thursday.

jgardner@postindependent.com


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