Monday, November 30, 2015

Recent Meth Arrests, Separate Incidents

Seven Pounds Of Meth Recovered In One Arrest, Separate Arrest Nets More Than Eight Grams

Irvin Torres, 25
MCSO PHOTO: Nov. 2015
Mesa County, Colo. -- Friday afternoon, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 70 eastbound near mile marker 15 (Loma area). In the spare tire of the vehicle, deputies located 7 pounds of methamphetamine which has a distribution value of about $90,000 and a street value upwards of half a million dollars.

The driver of the vehicle Manuel Campos, 30, and the passenger, Irvin Torres, 25, are both from Los Angeles. They were booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one count each of felony possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and special circumstances importing methamphetamine.

Manuel Campos, 30
MCSO PHOTO: Nov. 2015
Manuel and Irvin are each being held in jail on a $50,000 cash only bond, with their next court appearance scheduled for December 4, 2015, at 8 a.m.

Yesterday evening, patrol deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Orchard Ave., Grand Junction, after deputies witnessed the driver of a vehicle drive up onto the sidewalk in an unsafe manner. John Bruno, 37, of Centennial was the driver of the vehicle and Sean Alexander, 41, of Grand Junction was the passenger.

John was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges related to careless driving, driving the vehicle on the sidewalk, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, no insurance and improperly displayed license plate. John is a convicted felon from a 1997 case and therefor is not allowed to have any firearms, and yet he claimed ownership of a muzzleloader and accessories he said, he recently purchased.

Sean was arrested and booked into the jail on one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after more than 8 grams of packaged suspected meth was found in his coat.

John received a $5,000 PR bond and Sean received a $1,000 PR bond. Both men are scheduled to appear in court next on December 8, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. Their booking photos are not currently in the system but will be updated here when they do become available.

For updated information on any inmate currently in our Detention facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System website.

Monday, November 23, 2015

SARC Open For New Members

Search & Rescue currently accepting applications

Mesa County, Colorado—The Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team is currently accepting applications for four new members (they are limiting the number of new members, at this time). All prospective members must first complete an application. Applications can be picked up at the front counter of the Sheriff’s Office during business hours or printed off our website.

Please note, anyone interested in becoming a new member must pass a background check and will have to go through an interview process. The deadline for turning in applications is Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Completed applications can be returned to--

Email Bernice at: (subject line: SARC Application)

or, dropped off at the front counter of the Sheriff's Office, Attention: Bernice
The front counter at the Sheriff's Office is open Monday through Friday (holidays excluded), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at 215 Rice Street, Grand Junction;

or, snail mail your completed application to:
Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Bernice
215 Rice Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(Make sure we receive it by Dec. 31st)

Prospective members should be outdoor enthusiasts with a high level of physical fitness and have the ability and willingness to walk many miles through rugged terrain while carrying a heavy pack.

For more information, questions or inquiries, please contact Doug Sieckert by calling (970) 234-0763 or email:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Two Arrested Off Greyhound Bus, Cocaine & Heroin

Drug Task Force Arrests Two From Bus For Drugs, Yesterday

Kerstin Nguyen, 22
MCSO PHOTO: Nov. 2015
Mesa County, Colo. -- In the early afternoon yesterday, investigators with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force using a trained K-9, in the detection of drugs, to inspect luggage from a Greyhound bus at the downtown Grand Junction  bus station. The bus originated in Los Angeles with a final destination of Chicago.

Two adults were arrested on charges stemming from a kilo of cocaine and 8 ounces of heroin, found in luggage corresponding with two passengers from the bus.

Kerstin Nguyen, 22 and Eric Johnson, 33, both of Michigan, were arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on three felony charges related to distribution amounts of cocaine and heroin. In addition, Kerstin was charged with first degree introduction of contraband into the jail, after heroin was located inside her bra during the booking process.
Eric Johnson, 33
MCSO PHOTO: Nov. 2015

Bond amounts for both will likely be set by a Judge today, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage for updated information on any inmate currently in our facility. A booking photo of Eric is not available at this time, but it will be posted here when it does become available.

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a partnership established in the early 1980’s between the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Task Force is designed to fight the battles of drugs on the frontlines and other crimes that go with dealing and using drugs. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis agre this Task Force is effective and nationally competitive in the law enforcement field when it comes to knowledge, experience and teamwork. The Drug Task Force provides a refined level of service to the law abiding citizens of Mesa County and across the Western Slope.