5 arrested in Grand Junction drug raids

Kyle Williams

Morgan Woozley

Kaitlyn Krizmanich

Alberto Mellin-Barragan

Five people face a variety of possible charges after Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers raided a Mesa State College residence hall and a Grand Avenue home Wednesday.

Morgan Woozley, 20, was arrested at 1140 Texas Ave., Unit 331, after officers turned up at his college residence with a search warrant around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers found trace amounts of cocaine, marijuana, associated paraphernalia, various tablets and a loaded .22-caliber handgun, according to an arrest affidavit.

A cellular phone with contact phone numbers under the names, “Drug buyer,” and “Coke buyer,” was also recovered, the affidavit said. Woozley told officers he “helps out his friends,” by selling them cocaine and Ecstasy, according to the affidavit.

Deputy District Attorney Chris Nerbonne told a judge Thursday that an arrest affidavit in a separate case for Woozley has been sealed. In that case, he said, Woozley allegedly sold cocaine, LSD and marijuana to an undercover informant.

Woozley is a full-time Mesa State student, but otherwise has no ties to Mesa County, Nerbonne told the judge. Woozley was ordered held at the Mesa County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Nerbonne said he wasn’t aware of connections between Woozley’s case and a search warrant executed at 1025 Grand Ave. on Wednesday morning.


On Dec. 16, a man was beaten and robbed of medical marijuana by armed suspects at 1025 Grand Ave., which is a rental property. No arrests have been made in the case.

Officers returned there, however, with a search warrant Wednesday and arrested four people after finding 27 marijuana plants at various stages of growth, cocaine, marijuana, suspected tablets of Ecstasy and Diazepam and drug paraphernalia, according to affidavits.

Kyle Williams, 19, a resident at the home, told officers he has a medical marijuana card, which, coupled with a second person’s card, would justify the presence of 12 total plants, the affidavit said.

Alberto Mellin-Barragan, 19, of Glenwood Springs, is being held on $25,000 bond after Task Force officers found a prescription bottle with Mellin-Barragan’s name on it in a backpack along with 1.2 pounds of marijuana and 50.2 grams of cocaine, according to the affidavit.

The backpack was found inside a room where authorities believe Kaitlyn Krizmanich, 18, had been living the past two weeks, Nerbonne said. Krizmanich is a Mesa State College student with no criminal history, he said. She was released from jail Thursday after posting a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

Williams posted a $3,000 bond Thursday morning.

A fourth suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was arrested after officers found numerous items of marijuana and cocaine paraphernalia in his bedroom.


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