Two jailed in forgery, meth case

Crystal Galloway

Nicholas Meader

Crystal Lynn Galloway, 31, and Nicholas Lee Meader, 19, were arrested late Thursday and early Friday, respectively, after their car was pulled over and they were found with suspected drug paraphernalia and items that could be used to commit fraud, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Police officers saw a vehicle driven by Galloway leave 1550 U.S. Highway 50 at 11:15 p.m. Thursday.

The officers asked another officer to stop the vehicle because Galloway failed to stop at a stop sign on Grand Mesa Avenue while leaving the residence, according to an arrest affidavit.

An officer pulled over Galloway’s vehicle at Unaweep Avenue and David Street and found Meader in the front passenger seat crumpling a piece of paper in his hand, according to the affidavit.

The officer asked Meader to exit the car. When he did, the officer grabbed the paper, which Meader was trying to hide between his torso and his arm.

The check was filled out to City Market for cash. The check had another man’s name on it.

The officer called the man whose name was on the check.

According to the affidavit, the man told the officer the check must have been forged and that Meader had stolen at least one checkbook from him.

The check also had a driver’s license number printed on it that turned out to belong to a woman. A bag found in Galloway’s vehicle contained more checks matching the one Meader had crumpled, according to the affidavit.

While he was being hand-cuffed, Meader spit out a “white chewed-up plastic substance” that the officer believed may have contained methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Meader was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful use of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, forgery, identity theft, criminal possession of two or more financial devices, and criminal impersonation for first identifying himself to the officer by using Meader’s brother’s name.

During a search of Galloway’s vehicle, the officer found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in a pill bottle container and “several small plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine residue,” as well as hypodermic needles and a plastic tube that could be used to snort methamphetamine.

The officer also found two Colorado driver’s licenses in Galloway’s purse.

The licenses belonged to other people but had Galloway’s photo pasted over the rightful owners’ photos.

Galloway was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of two or more identification documents, unlawful identification acts, driving without proof of motor vehicle insurance, driving under restraint for an alcohol or drug offense, and a warrant for being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.


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