Suspected fentanyl found in traffic stop

MARIE MATOS

Police found more than 200 grams of suspected fentanyl in a vehicle Thursday after officers pulled over a Grand Junction woman suspected of child sex assault, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Law enforcement arrested Marie Matos, 38, on the sex assault warrant during the traffic stop near Lincoln Park. After Matos was taken into custody on the warrant, a drug-sniffing dog alerted on the vehicle and officers found two bags containing hundreds of white, blue and light green pills, according to an affidavit for Matos' arrest.

Matos was wanted on suspicion of sexual acts with a teenager in a July 2017 incident, after officers allegedly discovered evidence of sexual interactions in text messages and photos on an iPad during an Aug. 23 search of her storage units related to a separate federal case.

Matos told investigators at that time that she was married to Bruce Holder, 53, who was indicted in August by a federal grand jury in connection with the death of a Carbondale man, who authorities believe died after ingesting a fentanyl-laced pill.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid considered 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.

Pills found in Matos' vehicle were labeled Oxycodone but "based on training, experience and knowledge of this case these pills were fentanyl pills..." an officer wrote in the affidavit.

"The pills were light green in color and imprinted with M30. This is indicative markings for Oxycodone 30mg pills. However these are the same markings and color of pills that have been involved with this organization and they were determined to be fentanyl pills disguised as Oxycodone," the affidavit said.

Police said they found pills with a total weight of 251 grams in the vehicle.

Matos was issued a $100,000 cash-only bond by a judge in Mesa County Court on Friday on the drug distribution charge. She received a $25,000 cash-only bond for the sexual assault charge as well.

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