Suspected drugs found in chicken coop

Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers who raided a local home Wednesday dug up 29 ounces of suspected methamphetamine and cocaine buried in a backyard chicken coop.

Alejandro Vergara-Rivera, 32, and Marco Gonzalez-Gomez, 36, were ordered jailed on $100,000 bond Thursday by County Court Judge Gretchen Larson after their arrest Wednesday afternoon at a home at 2977 D Road.

Vergara-Rivera and Gonzalez-Gomez were among nine men inside the home when task force officers turned up with a search warrant just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest affidavit.

An affidavit in support of the search warrant — law enforcement’s factual basis for targeting the home — remained filed under seal Thursday afternoon at the Mesa County Justice Center.

Officers allegedly found small amounts of cocaine and meth in a room where Vergara-Rivera and Gonzalez-Gomez told officers they had been staying, according to the affidavit.

Digital scales allegedly were found in the men’s room as well as an estimated $10,000 to $13,000 in cash tucked away inside a pair of boots and a box of chocolates.

Officers eventually made their way to an outbuilding, where a chicken coop drew suspicion.

“(A task force officer) observed there was a place in the dirt floor where there appeared to be two different types of dirt,” the affidavit said.

Nine ounces of suspected cocaine were found in a glass jar, which had been smashed by an officer’s shovel. The officer found just under 20 ounces of suspected meth in another jar buried nearby, the affidavit said.

Vergara-Rivera and Gonzalez-Gomez are scheduled to be formally charged April 2 in District Judge Valerie Robison’s courtroom.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger on Thursday said both men had active holds from federal immigration authorities, preventing them from posting bond at the Mesa County Jail.


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