Monday, October 2, 2017

California woman arrested on felony drug charges

Drugs seized 
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MESA COUNTY, Colo – A California woman is facing felony drug charges after a Western Colorado Drug Task Force deputy found over 26 pounds of meth and 6 pounds of heroin during a traffic stop Friday.

Julia Cantero, 32, of Cudahy, CA was arrested on 2 counts of Distribution/ manufacture/possession with intent to distribute > than 225g of Schedule I/II or > 112g of meth, heroin, ketamine, cathinone or > 50mg of Flunitrazipam, (Class 1 Dug Felony), and 2 counts of Special Circumstances import > 14g of Schedule I/II or 7g of meth, heroin, ketamine, cathinone, or > 10mg of Flunitrazepam, (Class 1 Drug Felony), and Failed to Drive in a Single Lane (weaving).

Just after 1:30 Friday afternoon a Mesa County Sheriff's Office member of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on Cantero’s Nissan Altima on I-70 at the Loma off ramp after noticing it was weaving.
Julia Cantero, 32
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A State Patrol K9 trained in drug detection alerted to the presence of drugs in a duffel bag located in the trunk of the car.

13 packages of a crystalline substance consistent with meth was found. The total gross weight was 26.6 pounds. Three additional packages were also found containing a substance consistent with heroin. It weighed 6.4 pounds.

The amount of meth and heroin found in Cantero’s car bag is far more than personal use, but is consistent with distribution, according to the deputy's documentations in his arrest report.

Cantero was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility. 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.