Two smugglers arrested in Gypsum |

Two smugglers arrested in Gypsum

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Two men who had been deported a total of nine times from the United States were jailed after sheriff’s deputies pulled over their mini van, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

Arturo Tellez-Salazar, 39, of Arizona, was pulled over on Interstate 70 last week when sheriff’s deputies saw that the blue mini van he was driving had an unreadable temporary license plate.

Salvador Rodriguez-Rojas, 23, of Mexico, said the eight people in the van were family members and were driving from Phoenix to Denver to find work, the report says. Two more people were later found behind the back seat of the van, the report says.

One of the illegal immigrants said this was the second time he had been caught in the United States.

A woman said she and her husband had crossed into the United States from Mexico about two weeks ago.

Tellez-Salazar had been deported eight times before and Rodriguez-Rojas had been deported once before, the report says.

The men, who also gave sheriff’s deputies fake identification, were arrested on suspicion of human smuggling, criminal impersonation and possession of a forged instrument, all felonies, and second-degree forgery, a misdemeanor.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement picked up the other passengers.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” A safe with almost $14,000 in it was stolen from a store when its owner had a party, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The owner had a party in her store one night for her employees. She went home while a few employees stayed.

The owner opened the store the next morning. A couple hours later, she went to put some money in the safe, but it was gone.

The small safe was not bolted to the floor or the wall, she said. It was heavy, but still possible to pick up, she said.

The owner was told to give a sheriff’s deputy a list of employees with names and numbers so that they could be interviewed.

EAGLE, Colorado ” A 26-year-old daughter punched her 47-year-old mother, according to Eagle police.

A mother was taking care of her daughter’s son. The daughter, of Denver, came to visit the boy, but got upset when her son was not there. The daughter started yelling, and threatened to kill her mom.

When the mother grabbed her daughter’s arm to walk her out the door, the daughter punched her in the mouth.

Police accused the daughter of assault.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” A man left a pistol in his carry-on luggage at the Eagle County Airport was neither ticketed nor arrested, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The gun was seen in a laptop case through a baggage screener. The 34-year-old New York man who owned the gun said he had flown to the airport a couple days earlier in a private plane.

He forgot to take the gun out before he left on a commercial plane.

The man asked sheriff’s deputies to keep the gun and the bullets until he found a better way to get it.

EAGLE, Colorado” A tenant reported that her former landlord kept some of her stuff, according to Eagle Police.

The landlord said the tenant and her husband owed him $800. The landlord was keeping their television, computer, couch, bed and other stuff until the couple paid their bill.

Police told the landlord and the couple to resolve the dispute in civil court.

VAIL, Colorado ” A 51-year-old man had to be rescued from a backcountry hut, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man was with a teacher and some students at a 10th Mountain Division hut on Shrine Pass near Vail.

The man was having trouble breathing and could not make it out of Shrine Pass by himself, the teacher said from her cell phone.

Two hours later, rescuers picked up the man on a snowmobile and took him back.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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