Ten arrested in connection with meth investigation

Ten suspects have been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine investigation in Rifle by the multijurisdictional Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT).

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said today that TRIDENT served two search warrants around 4 a.m. today in Rifle, with the help of the All Hazard Response Team, Eagle County Response Team and local law enforcement agencies.

In addition to those in custody, three suspects have told law enforcement they plan to turn themselves in, two are out of town and two haven’t been located, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The sheriff’s office provided no names of arrestees.

It said the arrests came after TRIDENT began purchasing meth in the Rifle area in May, with the first transaction involving a suspect and several associates. After more purchases, TRIDENT began targeting the supply source and additional dealers.

Over 17 transactions covering four months, officers seized a total of 117 grams of meth and 1.4 grams of hashish, the sheriff’s office.

“These suspects are considered to have significant involvement in the drug trade within Garfield County, which has a severe and negative impact on our communities. The abuse of drugs is not a benign problem. It goes well beyond the negative effects to the individual. The suspects involved in this investigation have a combined past record of over 70 non-drug related arrests and charges, ranging from DUI, burglary, assaults, weapons charges, and sex assaults, which impacts us all,” the sheriff’s office said.


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