CMU student accused of selling pain pills

Daniel Pultorak

A Colorado Mesa University student has been arrested on felony drug charges after he allegedly tried to sell prescription drugs to a Grand Junction police officer pretending to be a student.

Daniel Roman Pultorak, 21, of Dixon, Illinois, was advised on Monday he could be charged with felony counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested him Friday outside his dormitory at 950 North Ave.

Police said they received information Friday from CMU staff that several students had reported to them that Pultorak was selling prescription drugs out of his dorm room. An officer obtained Pultorak’s cellphone number and texted him about buying drugs, according to an arrest affidavit.

“It’s Alex, we met at a party a while back. You got anything good right now?” the officer texted.

“Oh hey haha never put my number in your phone. I got hulks,” Pultorak texted back.

Hulk is the street name for an anti-anxiety medication.

The officer asked for 10 pills and was quoted a price of $60. He asked to meet Pultorak in the parking lot outside his dorm room in a black sport-utility vehicle.

Officers watched Pultorak enter the dorm building on North Avenue and someone turn on a light inside one of the rooms. Shortly thereafter, they watched Pultorak come out of the building and approach the black SUV. Police then took him into custody, according to the affidavit.

Police found Pultorak in possession of a clear plastic bag with 10 green, rectangular pills in them. He told officers in a subsequent interview that he bought approximately 80 of the pills during a party a few weeks earlier and that he had about 50 left.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Pultorak’s room and found a large bag of the green pills, as well as other miscellaneous pills and cash, the affidavit said.

Pultorak is free from the Mesa County Jail after a judge issued him a $2,000 personal-recognizance bond. Attorneys noted in court that he has no criminal record.


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