14 jailed, 7 more sought in drugs, guns investigation
A nine-month narcotics investigation in Carbondale and the surrounding area led to the arrests this week of 14 people, authorities say.
The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, or TRIDENT, said in a news release Friday that seven other suspects in the investigation remain at large with active arrest warrants.
All of this week’s arrests were made safely and peacefully, TRIDENT board chairman and Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said in an e-mail to reporters.
TRIDENT, a multijurisdictional drug task force, said in its release the investigation involved undercover officers buying cocaine, ecstasy/MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, prescription drugs, an assault rifle and a .38-caliber pistol.
It said investigators came up with the 21 suspects by using the discovered sources of narcotics supply and distribution.
It said Evance Grandberry, 22, of Carbondale, was the supply source for several suspects in the investigation. He was arrested at his home early Wednesday.
Also arrested that same day were:
■ Jose Guadalupe Sanchez, 27, Carbondale;
■ David Villela, 20, Carbondale;
■ Sergio Daniel Ledezma-Larranaga, 18, New Castle;
■ Ramiro Alberto Sanchez, 20, Carbondale;
■ Christian Sanchez, 18, Carbondale;
■ Matthew Tenzie Ameral, 19, Basalt;
■ Gordon Cornelius, 33, Glenwood Springs;
■ Carlos Emmanuel Pimentel, 20, Carbondale;
■ Mario Ruiz-Alvarado, 19, Carbondale;
■ Getnet Mekonnen, 24, Carbondale; and
■ Bryan Martinez-Delatorre, 21, Aspen.
Two juveniles, from Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, also were arrested.
“The fact that at the onset of this investigation there were five juveniles identified as suspected drug distributors points out the need to educate and protect our children from the dangers and availability of illegal narcotics,” Wilson said.
Those arrested face various Class 3 and Class 4 felony possession and distribution charges.
A Class 3 conviction is punishable by two to 24 years in prison and a $3,000 to $750,000 fine. A Class 4 conviction carries a prison sentence of one to 12 years in prison and a $2,000 to $500,000 fine.