Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Five Pounds Of Meth, Drug Task Force Arrests One

Carlos Garcia, 36, Los Angeles

Traffic Stop Leads To Meth Bust

Mesa County, Colo. -- Interdiction deputies with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force stopped a rental car near mile marker 18 on eastbound Interstate 70. It was about 10:40 a.m., on October 15, 2013, when deputies witnessed multiple traffic infractions and pulled the black passenger car over.

There was a single occupant and driver of the vehicle, Carlos Garcia, 36, of Los Angeles, Calif. Carlos gave consent to the interdiction deputies to search his vehicle and they located 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine in the liner of a cooler, in the vehicle trunk. The deputies found it suspicious that the cooler had water bottles and soda pop in it, but no ice. There were pry marks on the cooler liner to indicate the cooler had been tampered with.

The approximate street value of 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine is between $100,000.00 to $150,000.00. A criminal history of Carlos (in Mesa County) found he was previously arrested and convicted of transporting 8 pounds of marijuana by Greyhound bus. In both Mesa County arrests, his final destination was Colorado Springs.

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