Heroin, cash seized in I-70 traffic stop

A 28-year-old California woman was advised on a possible charge of possession with intent to distribute a large amount of heroin, allegedly found in her rental car following a traffic stop along Interstate 70 on Tuesday.

Crystal Sosa, of Riverside, California, was the only occupant of a car pulled over by a state trooper near mile post 8, for allegedly following too close to a semi-truck. Sosa — visibly shaking while talking with the trooper and providing her license, according to her arrest affidavit — said the car was a rental but did not have a rental agreement.

When the trooper called the rental agency, he was informed that the rental agreement for the car had ended a few days prior.

According to the CSP, the trooper informed Sosa her car was going be towed, asked if there was anything illegal in the car, and then got Sosa to sign a consent form authorizing a search.

“A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 2.2 pounds of suspected heroin and approximately $50,900 in United States currency vacuum-sealed and hidden in factory voids under the carpet and rear stow and go of the SUV,” a trooper wrote.

A defense attorney for Sosa on Wednesday cited his client’s lack of any criminal history, and sought a personal-recognizance bond for Sosa, but Mesa County Court Judge Michael Grattan issued a $100,000 cash or surety bond in the case.

Her next court date is scheduled for June 6.


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