Blotter, Nov. 19, 2010

Daniel Prescott

Man gets 14 years for drugs

A Montrose man has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine and cocaine in Grand Junction, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Jose Angel Gonzalez-Zuniga, 54, was sentenced Nov. 8 after pleading guilty in July to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and 50 grams of meth.

According to his plea agreement, Gonzalez-Zuniga, two co-defendants and a confidential source met at Mesa Mall so Gonzalez-Zuniga could sell the drugs to the confidential source. Police stopped a vehicle containing the drugs and arrested Gonzalez-Zuniga and the two co-defendants.

The co-defendants, Jesus Hernandez-Corona and Raul Avila-Arellano, previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 51 months and 24 months, respectively, in federal prison.

Wanted suspect arrested

A Clifton man wanted on more than $300,000 worth of arrest warrants was arrested early Thursday morning after he was found allegedly acting suspiciously and looking in vehicles, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.

A resident in the 2800 block of Pinyon Avenue called 911 about 4:15 a.m. after spotting the man, Daniel Ray Prescott Jr., 37, who ran from deputies. He was later found hiding under a car and ran again before being caught, according to a report.

Prescott was wanted on a number of charges, including second-degree burglary, theft of between $500 and $15,000, second-degree forgery, providing false information on a pawn slip and multiple charges of failing to appear in court.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Paul Neal Selders Jr., 29, 2911 Dawn Drive, No. 3, was arrested Wednesday in the 1000 block of Teller Avenue on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree assault.

Mitchell Shawn Allen, 27, 3215 Chipeta Court, Unit A, was arrested Wednesday in the 2400 block of North Avenue on suspicion of three counts of first-degree forgery.

Joshua Scott Smith, 27, 2491 Fountain Greens Place, No. 12, was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of felony criminal mischief after he reportedly caused more than $1,000 damage to another person’s property.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Deputies received reports Wednesday that someone broke into two vehicles at two different addresses in the 600 block of Holland Street and stole several items.

A man in the 3000 block of Camelot Place reported early Thursday morning that he received three phone calls from an untraceable phone number advising that the caller was “an officer of the law” and instructing the man to stop calling Vanessa. The man told deputies he doesn’t know anyone named Vanessa. Deputies told the man to ask for a badge number and agency if the person called again.


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