California mother traveling with kids 
is jailed in meth bust

Rosa Perales

A California mother faces possible mandatory prison time after a traffic stop on Interstate 70 turned up 6 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in her truck, according to court records.

Aside from packages of meth, an arrest affidavit alleges, her juvenile daughters were along for the ride.

Rosa Perales, a Fresno, California, resident who turned 33 on Monday, was ordered by Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum held at the Mesa County Jail on $50,000 bond on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute meth, a sentence-enhancer charge for importation of meth into Colorado and misdemeanor child abuse.

Perales’ eastbound truck was stopped around 4 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 16 after Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers patrolling the area said they saw it weaving in its lane and driving on the center divider several times, among other observations, according to the affidavit.

Perales told officers she was driving from Fresno to Denver to go camping. When a second officer asked the girls where they lived, they said they didn’t know but later said Fresno, the affidavit said.

It said the mother granted consent to search the vehicle, where officers found a hidden compartment behind the driver’s and passenger’s seat in the floorboard. There, they recovered six packages of meth, each weighing about 1 pound.

Perales was arrested and her daughters were placed in the custody of the Mesa County Department of Human Services. The girls’ ages weren’t specified in court records.

The meth had a possible street value between $150,000 to $500,000, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein told a judge.


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