Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Overnight Arrests Include Marijuana & Child Abuse

Interstate Interdiction Nets 84 Pounds Of Marijuana,                                             Patrol Nabs Drunk Driver With Infant In Car

Approximately 84 pounds of pre-packaged marijuana
located in the van driven by Peter Vercillo.
Mesa County, Colo. -- Illinois resident, Peter Vercillo, 37, might not find the humor in waking up in the Mesa County Detention Facility on April Fool's Day, after being booked by our agency's interstate interdiction deputies on one count of intent to distribute marijuana. Deputies conducted a traffic stop for a left lane violation near mile marker 12 (Loma, Colo.), on Interstate 70 traveling eastbound, around 6 p.m., March 31.

Peter Vercillo of Naperville, IL

One of our agency's drug sniffing K-9 dogs were used and indicated a positive response to the presence of drugs in the vehicle occupied only by Peter. Approximately 84 pounds of pre-packaged marijuana was located in the back of the van. Under Colorado law, one ounce of marijuana is legal to possess for a person 21-years-old or older. Eighty four pounds of marijuana is approximately 1,344 ounces, an amount more than 1,000 times the legal amount in Colorado.

Across town, this arrest occurred...

Victor Reyes, 25, of Clifton
Feb 2015 MCSO Photo
A patrol deputy in the area of E and 32 Roads at around 9:30 p.m., witnessed a passenger vehicle traveling at speeds near 100 miles per hour in a 35 mile an hour zone. Through the course of investigation, deputies were able to link Victor Reyes, 25, of Clifton, to a previous domestic violence incident handled by the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as determine Victor was driving carelessly, under suspended license, under the influence of alcohol, child abuse-no injury, resisting arrest, possession of a schedule I/II drug and paraphernalia.

Victor is suspected of causing damage to the vehicle he was driving at a high rate of speed while having his infant son in the car. The child was uninjured and returned to his mother's family upon Victor's arrest. Deputies located Victor inside a home in the 400 block of Mae Street, in Clifton, where he was arrested on the above noted charges.

Advisement hearings will occur this afternoon for anyone arrested on March 31, to include bond amounts being set. Updates on any inmate in facility, can be found on our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Housing Inmates With Additional Needs

Steven Spiess, Booked Into Mesa County Jail

Released by Sheriff Matt Lewis and Captain Art Smith...

Mesa County, Colo. -- The Fruita Police Department released the arrest warrant for Steven Spiess, 47, of Fruita, after he was officially arrested by the Fruita Police Department this morning. Following his arrest on charges related to the death of Danya Spiess, he was immediately booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Due to his current medical needs, outlined in his arrest affidavit, his housing and care will be handled appropriately, but outside of normal procedures. For safety and security reasons, the specifics of his housing will not be released. As for his medical care while in our custody, due to HIPPA, we will not provide specific medical information other than to acknowledge his medical needs are extensive in comparison to an able bodied and fully functioning adult. 

Our detention facility has 24-hour on-site medical staff prepared to care for his daily needs and requirements. As with any inmate, in the event his medical needs exceed our staff's abilities, we will seek appropriate medical care outside of our facility.

For information about Steven's charges or the case investigated by the Fruita Police Department, please contact them directly or the District Attorney.

A Free Class For Parents: Social Media Apps & SmartPhone Safety

Parents: Get Educated With Free Class

Mesa County, Colo. -- Community Outreach Deputy Chad Williams is once again hosting a free community class for parents, focusing on social media apps and SmartPhone Safety. If you have a middle school age or teenage child, this class shouldn't be missed!

The class will be held at the Mesa County Central Library, community classroom, on Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. The Central Library is located at 453 North 6th Street, in Grand Junction.

There is no cost and this class is open to the public. If you have any questions, specific to this class, please email Deputy Williams directly, at:

MEDIA NOTE: Deputy Williams will be available in advance for interviews about this class. He will also be available at the beginning and conclusion of this class, to directly handle any media needs. Advance arrangements should be made through the agency's PIO or contact Deputy Williams on-site at the Library.