Nine more arrested in cocaine trafficking investigation
Nine people who were arrested Monday on suspicion of drug-related charges were tied to a large-scale cocaine distribution ring, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Thirteen people have been arrested in an ongoing investigation, and more arrests are expected, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said.
Antonio Martinez, 38, 3116 Chipeta Ave., was among the two primary targets during an investigation of a group that regularly brought pound quantities of cocaine into Grand Junction, Rubinstein told a judge.
Arrest affidavits in most of the cases, including Martinez’s, remained filed under seal Tuesday.
Martinez was ordered by County Court Judge Craig Henderson held on $250,000 bond on charges including distribution of a controlled substance, and a sentence-enhancing special-offender charge alleging a pattern of distribution.
Public defender Megan Marlatt said Martinez can’t afford to post bond, and his lone source of income is selling Kirby vacuums. Martinez has three felony convictions for distribution and sale of marijuana, the most recent in 2006, in Utah and Arizona, Rubinstein said.
Martinez and Federico Lerma, 41, were at the top of a group that had been moving more than 2 pounds of cocaine from Denver to Grand Junction roughly every 10 days, Rubinstein alleged.
Lerma and his family, including his wife, Dolores Flores, 40, their 19-year-old daughter, Blanca Lerma, and 16-year-old son, were arrested Sunday on a variety of possible charges stemming from their suspected roles in the group. The family was advised of the charges Monday.
Also advised in court Tuesday were:
■ Neal Eugene Dehaven, 40, 3107 1/2 Mountain Brook Drive, was ordered held on $150,000 bond on suspicion of distribution, conspiracy and a special-offender charge for a pattern of distribution.
■ Lindon Augilar-Leon, 44, was ordered held on $15,000 bond on suspicion of distribution and conspiracy. Augilar-Leon couldn’t post bond Tuesday because of a federal immigration hold.
■ Emilia Catigas-Fuentes, 45, 1944 N 22nd St., was ordered held on $10,000 bond on suspicion of distribution and conspiracy.
■ Noe Almonzon Gomez, 37, 681 Curecanti Circle, was ordered held on $10,000 bond on suspicion of distribution and conspiracy.
■ Moises Jimenez Uribe, 30, 2837 North Ave., Unit 124, was ordered held on $50,000 bond on suspicion of distribution and conspiracy.
■ Hector Flores-Rodriguez, 23, was ordered held on $75,000 bond on suspicion of distribution and conspiracy.
■ Angela Martinez, 33, 150 Turner Ave., and William Osburn, 49, 541 Dodge St., were advised Tuesday after posting bond on charges including suspicion of distribution and conspiracy.