Friday, February 10, 2017

Traffic stop leads to 14 pounds of heroin seized

Drugs seized 
MESA COUNTY, Colo -  The Western Colorado Drug Task Force seized about 14 pounds of heroin during a traffic stop Tuesday morning.

Californians Ricky Medina, 24, and April Gomez, 23, were arrested on felony charges related to importing, distribution and possession of heroin.

About 10:30 Tuesday morning a Mesa County Sheriff's Office Task Force deputy stopped a black Nissan Altima on I-70 near milepost 28 after noticing the car didn't have a license plate and the front driver's side window was tinted extremely dark.
Ricky Medina, 24
MCSO Photo

When speaking with the two occupants later identified as Media and Gomez, the deputy noticed a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the car.

After getting consent to search the vehicle, the deputy found 6 large plastic wrapped packages behind a panel. The packages contained about 14 pounds of a substance that tested presumptive positive for heroin.

That amount, according to the deputies' arresting document is for more than personal use, but consistent with distribution.
April Gomez, 23
MCSO Photo

Both Gomez and Media were booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility and are each being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

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 front lines and other crimes that go with dealing and using drugs. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis agree 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.