Rifle woman jailed again after previous arrest ruled a mistake

A drug task force that mistakenly arrested a Rifle woman last year has arrested her in connection with new charges.

The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, or TRIDENT, said Friday that it had arrested Danielle Marie Trujillo on methamphetamine distribution and other charges after an investigation that began in March.

TRIDENT apprehended Trujillo in error in April 2008 in connection with an investigation into a drug ring. Authorities had been looking for another woman with a similar name, and prosecutors later dropped charges against Trujillo when they realized the wrong person had been taken into custody.

TRIDENT reportedly paid Trujillo $1,510 to reimburse her for her bond fee.

Trujillo recently sued TRIDENT and others in connection with the mistaken arrest.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis said the new arrest arises from a “totally separate incident.”

TRIDENT said in its news release that an undercover officer bought methamphetamine from Trujillo twice in March. The multijurisdictional task force obtained an arrest warrant May 13 and arrested her at her home.

She was being held at the Garfield County Jail on Friday, and bond was set at $50,000, jail records indicated.

Trujillo faces two felony charges apiece of methamphetamine distribution, possession with intent to distribute, possession and attempted possession. She also faces two misdemeanor counts of child abuse.


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