Children found in ‘extremely dirty’ home with meth

Tammra Stafford

Martin Stafford

A Fruita husband and wife were arrested Thursday after authorities say they found the couple, their two young children and suspected methamphetamine inside the family’s dirty home.

Tammra Faye Stafford, 44, and Martin Stafford, 49, both of 927 20 Road, were arrested at their home on suspicion of possession of unlawful possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the 20 Road home at 12:30 a.m. Thursday and found Martin Stafford with two small children in the living room and Tammra Stafford in a bedroom.

According to the affidavit, the home was “extremely dirty and in a state of disorder.”

Western Colorado Drug Task Force members found a meth pipe, digital scales, small baggies and a large amount of money in the home’s master bedroom; suspected methamphetamine and drug ledgers in Tammra Stafford’s purse; a case of about 5 grams of suspected meth in the garage; and several firearms in a dining room gun safe, many of them loaded with live ammunition, according to the affidavit.

The Staffords were booked into the Mesa County Jail.

Tammra Stafford was also arrested on suspicion of unlawful distribution   of a controlled substance, according to the affidavit.


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