Details emerge in Rifle meth case
A drug-toting dog and a scare involving brass knuckles are among the details alleged by investigators in connection with a Rifle methamphetamine distribution investigation that led this week to numerous arrests.
The details are contained in arrest affidavits related to an investigation by the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, a multijurisdictional task force based in Garfield County. TRIDENT announced the arrests Monday after serving two search warrants early that morning, but it didn’t identify any of the arrestees.
But according to affidavits contained in court files, among those arrested so far are:
■ Debra Jeanette Black, 52, Rifle, $40,000 bond.
■ Gilbert Rene Cuevas (Black’s son), 36, Rifle, $40,000 bond.
■ Scott Allen Martin, 37, Rifle, $10,000 bond.
■ David James Jaramillo, 34, Rifle, $5,000 bond.
■ Randy Blaine Murray, 57, Rifle, $5,000 bond.
■ Karla Montgomery, Rifle, 40, $5,000 bond.
■ Darrell Harvey Cross, 47, Rifle, $2,500 bond.
■ An 18-year-old from Rifle who was 17 when he allegedly participated in a meth transaction, $5,000 bond.
Most of those arrested are accused of distribution-related activities, including numerous transactions in the cases of Black and Cuevas. Cross was arrested on suspicion of possession.
Black, Cross, Cuevas, Murray and Martin remained in Garfield County Jail as of late Wednesday afternoon.
TRIDENT has indicated that 13 arrest warrants were issued in the case, with some people remaining to be apprehended. Garfield jail records indicate that Michael Alexander Newton, 44, Cody Allen Smith, 23, and Autumn Dawn Franklin, 33, had been arrested on suspicion of drug-related offenses on Monday or Tuesday, but case files on the three were not available Wednesday afternoon and there was no indication whether they were arrested in connection with the Rifle investigation.
Affidavits in other cases reveal details of transactions involving undercover officers dating back to May, in homes and public/business locations, and suggest the involvement of a confidential informant. TRIDENT has said the investigation involved 17 transactions and resulted in officers seizing 117 grams of meth and 1.4 grams of hashish.
Authorities say one transaction involved Jaramillo allegedly opening a zipper pouch on a collar being worn by a dog that was with him, removing methamphetamine and then placing into the collar pouch $300 an agent had paid for the purchase.
An undercover officer also alleges that in one transaction, Martin became angry over the amount of money involved and ordered the officer to “make it right man,” while revealing brass knuckles on his closed right fist. The officer said he gave Martin another $20 out of fear he otherwise would be assaulted.
Martin was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing along with the alleged drug crimes.