Two suspects jailed after I-70 meth bust

Carlos Ortiz

Jessica Moreno

Two people were ordered jailed on $150,000 bond each in connection with the seizure of three pounds of methamphetamine during an Interstate 70 traffic stop early Friday.

Carlos Ortiz, 23, of Riverside, Calif., and Jessica Moreno, 21, of Omaha, Neb., were questioned by a Western Colorado Drug Task Force officer after the Chrysler Pacifica they were in was stopped about 2 a.m. Friday at mile marker 14, on the eastbound shoulder. An arrest affidavit alleges a rear taillight on the car was out.

Moreno said they were returning from California after spending a week there, but later said they were there four days. She appeared stuttering and nervous during the conversation, while multiple items including clothes, purses, jackets, hats and shoes were observed in the back seat, according to the affidavit.

While told they were free to leave, the couple eventually agreed to a search of the vehicle, the affidavit said.

Moreno said several times she had her “baby clothes” in the backseat.

“I told her that it seemed unusual that she would have her baby’s clothes if the baby didn’t go on the trip,” the officer wrote.

The same officer eventually found seven duct-taped packages, which tested positive for meth and were hidden behind the glove compartment, the affidavit said.

The seizure had an estimated street value of $90,000, according to the Drug Task Force.


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