Nine individuals are facing numerous drug-related charges in Mesa County in an extensive law enforcement investigation led by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force.

The suspects face a variety of felony offenses ranging from conspiracy to distribute narcotics (DF1) to money laundering (F3), among other charges.

"Although these arrests are an important step, the work is far from over," 21st Judicial District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said. "As the investigation continues to unfold, additional arrests and charges are anticipated."

Five search warrants were executed Tuesday, four of which were local and one in the Denver-area, according to a news release. The search warrants resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of drugs, money, and drug paraphernalia.

Among the investigative techniques utilized in this investigation was a wiretap operation.

All documents related to this investigation have been sealed by the court, said the release.

Those facing charges as a result of the investigation are: Elmer Navarro-Navarro, 38, Sterling Pinnt, 31, Brianca Sutton, 33, Gary Harvey, 44, Michael Joseph Ybarra, 33, Robert Adrian Carr, 29, Ryan Van Boylan, 35, Adam James Ivie, 33, all of Grand Junction. Jorge Alberto Melendez, 39, of Aurora also faces charges.

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a combined effort consisting of detectives from both the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Front Range Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation.

■ Norman McFarland, 58, is accused of second-degree assault and domestic violence and received a $50,000 cash-only bond on Tuesday.

This was McFarland fifth pending case against the same victim and third pending domestic violence case, said 21st Judicial District Attorney Dan Rubinstein, who asked for a high cash-only bond.

■ Travis Collins, 41, is accused of drug possession and recieved a $5,000 cash-only bond from Mesa County Court.

Collins was detained outside a motorhome in town after he was found to have four outstanding warrants and officers found narcotics in the area he was seen to be in when cops arrived, according to the arrest affidavit.

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