Woman suspected of hauling heroin on I-70 near Loma

Laura Llamas

An Aurora woman remains in the Mesa County Jail following her arrest after authorities caught her hauling 6 pounds of suspected heroin on Interstate 70 near Loma.

Laura Sandoval Llamas, 39, could be charged with a felony count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. A judge ordered her held on a $50,000 cash bond.

A Mesa County sheriff’s deputy pulled over Llamas on eastbound I-70 near mile marker 16 early Friday morning after watching her vehicle drift onto the shoulder of the interstate. Llamas told the deputy she was tired and had been visiting a friend in Las Vegas, according to an arrest affidavit.

When the deputy asked her for paperwork for the car, she handed him a rental agreement indicating the car had been rented in San Diego. Asked about this, the woman said she had flown to San Diego to visit a friend and they were supposed to go to Las Vegas but their plans changed.

The deputy then asked if he could search her vehicle, and she agreed. The deputy’s K-9 alerted to the odor of drugs coming from the rear seat, which the deputy lifted and found three packages of heroin weighing roughly 6 pounds, the affidavit said.

Mesa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand told County Judge Michael Grattan that the heroin has a street value of $120,000.

In arguing for a lesser bond, a public defender told Grattan that Llamas is the manager of a cellphone store in Aurora and takes care of her legally blind 23-year-old son.


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