Blotter, Sept. 16, 2010

Drug dealing suspected

Edward Portillo, 22, and Roman Portillo-Perez, 51, were arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of dealing drugs from a home within 50 yards of Orchard Mesa Middle School.

Both men were arrested after Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers executed a search warrant at a home at 2741 Cheyenne Drive, according to a Task Force news release.

Officers recovered roughly an ounce of cocaine, trace amounts of marijuana, suspected drug paraphernalia and other items associated with dealing, according to an arrest affidavit. A handgun was found in the garage, the affidavit said.

Portillo, who is serving parole, also had a young child living with him at the home, the affidavit said.

Meth possession alleged

The driver ran away, but the passenger was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a car chase near Palisade.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies, responding to a report of felony menacing involving a gun, noticed a car similar to the one described in the menacing report as they were en route, according to an arrest affidavit. A deputy tried to contact the people in the car, which was pulled over along 37 3/10 Road, but it sped away, the affidavit said.

Two deputies followed the car down 37 3/10 Road and onto G 4/10 Road. The driver eventually pulled over and ran away, the affidavit said. The car’s passenger, Benjamin Pelton, 29, of Carbondale, was arrested at the scene.

Inside the car, deputies found what they suspected were about 24 grams of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. Pelton was arrested on suspicion of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, more than 2 grams, and being an accessory to a crime, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Driver pulled over, booked

Daniel James Walker, 18, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a deputy saw a brake light that didn’t illuminate as Walker drove through the roundabout on Jurassic Drive, according to an arrest affidavit.

The deputy pulled the vehicle over and asked the driver for his license, registration and insurance. The driver said his name was Dave James Wallace and that his driver’s license had been stolen, but the deputy was unable to find a record for that name, according to the affidavit.

After asking the driver a second time for his name, and getting the same answer, the deputy handcuffed Walker and told him they were going to the jail to get fingerprints for identification, the affidavit said. Walker then told the deputy his real name and, according to the affidavit, said he lied about his name because he had a warrant for his arrest.

Walker was arrested on suspicion of criminal impersonation, driving without a valid driver’s license, false reporting to authorities, no proof of insurance, failure to display valid registration, driving with expired plates, defective stop lamps and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Two vehicles were broken into early Tuesday in the 3000 block of Big Bird Avenue. Items valued at less than $500 were taken from one vehicle. At the same time, another vehicle was stolen from the same location, and items valued at less than $500 were taken from it. The vehicle was then crashed into a house in the 700 block of Noland Avenue.

A car was reported scratched with a key Tuesday while its owner was inside a Grand Junction restaurant. The damage was estimated at more than $1,000.

A vehicle valued at less than $15,000 was reported stolen Tuesday night from central Grand Junction.

Property valued at more than $1,000 was reported damaged Tuesday night in the 1900 block of North Avenue.


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