A California man driving a pickup truck that was stopped Sunday night along Interstate 70 faces possible drug distribution and drug importation charges after a search of the vehicle turned up dozens of pounds of methamphetamine and nearly two pounds of fentanyl pills.
Donald Martinez-Guevara, 43, was booked into the Mesa County Jail with a San Jacinto, California address. According to an affidavit for his arrest, Martinez-Guevara was behind the wheel of a pickup truck with temporary Colorado plates and failed to use his turn signal while traveling eastbound on the interstate. A sheriff's deputy approached the truck when it pulled off the Mack exit, and asked to search the truck, to which Martinez-Guevara allegedly consented.
The deputy asked Martinez-Guevara about an external fuel tank in the bed of the truck, which is typically used to carry diesel fuel. Martinez-Guevara indicated that he used the external fuel tank for that very purpose, but the deputy noticed that the fuel filter on the tank was dry, and would have been typically saturated with diesel fuel, according to the arrest record.
A search of the external fuel tank turned up several plastic packages containing methamphetamine, weighing a total of more than 67 pounds, and another package with 1.8 pounds of pills consistent with fentanyl, according to the deputy.
Martinez-Guevara appeared in Mesa County County Monday on possible charges including distribution of drugs and special circumstances drug importation. Despite his low risk score, prosecutors sought a high cash-only bond in the case, citing the large quantity of drugs found in the vehicle. A defense attorney said in court that Martinez-Guevara has a limited criminal history with just one prior felony from 1994.
Judge Bruce Raaum issued a $100,000 cash-only bond in the case.