Cops: 92 pounds of pot, multiple arrests in two-day Mesa County sweep

The Colorado State Patrol said today that the marijuana shown here, weighing 92 pounds, was seized from one vehicle during a 48-hour initiative in Mesa County this weekend.

A weekend effort involving multiple law enforcement agencies in Mesa County resulted in 15 arrests, multiple traffic tickets and the seizure of 92 pounds of marijuana concealed in one vehicle, the Colorado State Patrol said today.

The effort —  which started Friday morning and ended Saturday night and also involved the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Junction and Fruita police — was aimed at striking a blow against auto theft and drug trafficking and “encourage safe driving behaviors through strict enforcement of traffic laws,” State Patrol Major Matt Packard was quoted in a news release.

The State Patrol said the 48-hour effort included:

– 336 motorist contacts for 393 violations of traffic and criminal laws. Of those, 106 drivers were cited, including one person allegedly driving more than 110 mph and forcing vehicles off the roadway.  Troopers issued 290 verbal and written warnings for less serious violations.

– Two people were arrested for allegedly driving stolen vehicles.

– 92 pounds of high-grade marijuana were allegedly found concealed in a vehicle and packaged for distribution.  The driver was arrested.

– Four fugitives with warrants for multiple DUI violations, habitual traffic offenses, careless driving causing death, and criminally negligent child abuse, were arrested.

– One vehicle, which allegedly had a false compartment designed to transport drugs, was seized. A stolen handgun with an altered serial number was also seized.

– Eight people were arrested on suspicion of drug or alcohol violations.

Read more in Monday’s Daily Sentinel.


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