Woman accused of possessing 27 pounds of meth

Julia Cantero

Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers allegedly found nearly 27 pounds of methamphetamine and 6 pounds of heroin in the trunk of a California woman’s car during a traffic stop Friday on Interstate 70.

Julia Cantero, 32, was arrested on suspicion of felony drug possession and other offenses after a deputy pulled her over for failing to drive in a single lane, according to an arrest affidavit.

Cantero appeared in Mesa County Court on Monday, where Chief Deputy District Attorney David Waite asked for a high cash-only bond in the case, citing the seriousness of the offense. Public Defender Scott Troxell asked for a public recognizance or surety bond.

Judge Michael Grattan ordered a $100,000 cash-only bond in Cantero’s case.

At 1:30 p.m. Friday, a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled over Cantero’s vehicle after she allegedly swerved across the road. The deputy reported a strong smell of perfume “that would be uncomfortable for most people to be around” coming from the vehicle, and that the vehicle had approximately 20,000 more miles on the odometer since it was registered in June.

Cantero allegedly told officers that she didn’t have any illegal drugs in the car, and that she didn’t want them to search the car because when she was pulled over in June, law enforcement “tore her car up and had dog hair all over the inside.”

A Colorado State Patrol trooper and drug-sniffing dog arrived, and the dog allegedly alerted to drugs in the trunk. There were 26.6 pounds of methamphetamine and 6.4 pounds of heroin in 16 packages inside a duffle bag, according to the affidavit.

Cantero is set to return to court on Oct. 11.


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