Three arrested in separate methamphetamine cases
Three people were arrested early Thursday morning in two separate investigations in which they allegedly arranged to sell methamphetamine to an informant or an undercover police officer.
Karen Ruth Drapeau, 25, 4176 U.S. Highway 50, and Christopher James Martinez, 25, 495 Coronado Way, Unit A, were taken into custody at Walmart, 2881 North Ave., while Mark Anthony Wagner, 46, of New Castle, was taken into custody at Alco, 2696 U.S. Highway 50.
All three could face felony charges including possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the arrest affidavit for Drapeau and Martinez, an undercover officer with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force sent Drapeau several text messages about her purchasing meth from him and agreed to meet at Walmart.
Officers saw Drapeau arrive in a silver passenger car with two other women, go into the store, return to the car with Martinez and his girlfriend, drive around the parking lot, drop off Martinez and his girlfriend and leave. Martinez and his girlfriend walked into Walmart, according to the affidavit.
Officers followed the car, stopped it in an alley at 12th and Main streets and arrested Drapeau for an outstanding warrant for failure to comply with court orders in a previous meth-possession case. Officers found a glass smoking pipe, small plastic bags and a digital scale in and around the car, according to the affidavit.
Other officers contacted Martinez inside Walmart and found him in possession of meth and a glass smoking pipe. The affidavit indicates he was out on bond on a meth-possession charge.
According to the arrest affidavit for Wagner, officers contacted an informant who indicated he could arrange to purchase meth from Wagner. The informant called Wagner and arranged to meet him at Alco.
Officers arrested Wagner after he arrived at the store and found 2 ounces of meth inside his car. Wagner admitted to police he was staying at a hotel on Horizon Drive and agreed to a search, which turned up meth, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash.