106 drivers cited, 15 arrested in weekend sweep
A weekend effort involving multiple law enforcement agencies in Mesa County resulted in at least 15 arrests, multiple traffic tickets and the seizure of 92 pounds of marijuana concealed in one vehicle, the Colorado State Patrol said Sunday.
The traffic enforcement effort — starting Friday morning and ending Saturday night and also involving the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Junction and Fruita police — was aimed at striking a blow against auto theft and drug trafficking while encouraging, “safe driving behaviors through strict enforcement of traffic laws,” said State Patrol Maj. Matt Packard in a statement.
“We are determined to cease the use of our roadways in the furtherance of criminal activity and unsafe behaviors,” Packard said.
The 48-hour effort included:
■ 336 motorist contacts for 393 alleged 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. There were 290 verbal and written warnings.
■ Two people arrested for allegedly driving stolen vehicles.
■ Ninety-two pounds of high-grade marijuana 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 methamphetamine, was seized. No meth, however, was found. A stolen handgun with an altered serial number also was recovered.
■ Eight people arrested on suspicion of drug or alcohol violations.
Arrest records and the names of those arrested this weekend were not provided Sunday.