Denise Staley-Edwards, 60, is accused of special circumstances conspiracy to distribute, manufacture and sell a Class I drug, and received a $50,000 cash-only bond from Mesa County Court this week.
Twenty-first Judicial District Chief Deputy District Attorney David Waite said she was part of a wiretap operation in 2017 that brought down a number of defendants in the jurisdiction.
Waite said she’s had a warrant out for her arrest for three years, stating she’s kept her head down and “managed to not get arrested.”
He described the initial case as an organized drug ring that was bringing multiple pounds of methamphetamine in this and other nearby communities.
According to the arrest affidavit, Staley-Edwards was involved in a drug operation distributing methamphetamine and led by Daniel Randall.
Randall was sentenced to 31 years in prison in 2018 after 25 pounds of methamphetamine connected to his organization was seized during two traffic stops and a search of his home, The Daily Sentinel reported.
Staley-Edwards was named a member of the organization because she assisted in transporting approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine across state lines for Randall, according to the arrest affidavit.
Police believe she was seen carrying the illegal narcotics into her home and that the drugs were suspected to have been separated inside the home.
Her arrest warrant was issued in July 2017.