3 Montrose men charged in meth investigation

MONTROSE — Three Montrose men accused by district attorney Dan Hotsenpiller of distributing “100 percent pure” methamphetamine throughout the Montrose area had court hearings Thursday.

Richard Barger was arrested in Montrose last month on suspicion of selling meth for Mitchell Morales, who was arrested with Dario Antonio Morales on Interstate 70 in Mesa County, both on suspicion of importing meth from Nevada.

All three men are from Montrose.

Judge Jerry Montgomery set Barger’s bond at $60,000 and scheduled his next hearing for 9 a.m. May 26. Barger is charged with possession and conspiracy to distribute meth.

Dario Morales, who is charged with conspiracy to distribute meth, briefly appeared in court Thursday and will return for a hearing at 9 a.m. May 26.

Mitchell Morales returns for a bond hearing Wednesday. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute meth and is suspected of money laundering, according to Hotsenpiller.

Dario and Mitchell Morales were being held by Montrose County authorities Friday after being transferred from Mesa County Jail.

Dario and Mitchell Morales were stopped in separate vehicles around 9:20 p.m. April 28 by Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers. Both men were driving east on I-70 and were stopped about three miles from the Utah line.

Approximately 10 ounces of meth was discovered inside the vehicles, according to an arrest affidavit.

The same investigation led officers to Barger’s home, where less than 2 ounces of meth was found.


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