Affidavit: Inmate used jail phone to tamper
A Grand Junction man awaiting trial on drug and weapons charges now faces additional charges of witness tampering and conspiracy stemming from jailhouse telephone conversations that were monitored by investigators.
Jordan Walter Dry, 24, was arrested in May and faces charges related to the discovery of firearms and black-tar heroin at his Rosevale-area residence. He was ordered held on $50,000 bond.
Dry made a series of calls from the jail between April 28 and July 5, including one on May 5 in which he told his wife, Ruth, that a third person, Adrian Michael Dunn, should “own up” to owning a pouch containing heroine that was found in Dry’s nightstand.
“You know, if he would just admit that (the heroin) was his, then I wouldn’t have the (drug felony) charges, but I mean I probably shouldn’t talk about it over the phone,” Dry told his wife, according to a transcript contained within an arrest affidavit filed by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force.
Inmates who make calls from the telephones at the jail are advised at the beginning of each call that their conversations are being monitored.
Later in the same conversation, Dry mentioned that Dunn’s taking responsibility for the heroin “would help me out” and complained that he alone was facing charges.
Ruth Dry remained in contact with Dunn, she told her husband.
“I mean ... like ... I just took the ball for everything,” Jordan Dry said on the phone, according to the affidavit. “I don’t know, the lawyer told me not to even say (expletive) like this on the phone, I’m such an idiot. I don’t know why I (expletive) can’t keep that (expletive) to myself.”
Dry in later phone calls pressed his wife on whether she had been in contact with Dunn, and asked her to apologize to Dunn for asking “that.”
And in a July conversation with Ruth Dry, he wondered aloud if another person had spoken with Dunn and his wife said no.
That, Dry said, was probably good because “I don’t want to get any kind of tampering charges or anything.”
District Attorney Dan Rubinstein sought a high bond on the tampering and conspiracy charges, citing other conversations in which Dry told his wife and others that he intended to leave Mesa County as soon as possible.