Agents arrest eleven on drug charges |

Agents arrest eleven on drug charges

Aspen Times Staff Report

Drug-enforcement officers arrested two alleged El Jebel drug dealers and nine would-be drug buyers who came knocking at their door while officers searched the residence last Thursday.

TRIDENT, the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, working in conjunction with officers from various agencies, busted all 11 individuals at a trailer park off Willits Lane in Eagle County.

TRIDENT officers showed up at the trailer, arrest warrants in hand, and arrested Bobbi Jo Beltramo, 26, and Augustin Hernandez-Soliz, 41, on charges of distribution of cocaine, a class 3 felony. The charges stem from three separate purchases of cocaine made previously by an undercover TRIDENT agent at the residence.

According to a press release issued by TRIDENT, drug force agents arrested nine more people while executing a search warrant at the Beltramo/Hernandez-Soliz residence.

When an individual arrived at the front door of the trailer, “all of the officers present hid throughout the residence” while one TRIDENT officer answered the door. The individuals were looking to purchase cocaine, according to the press release. After the undercover officer sold them fake cocaine, the other officers emerged to make the arrest.

Most of the nine who attempted to purchase cocaine from an undercover TRIDENT officer arrived individually. The undercover agent told buyers Bobbi Jo wasn’t at home, but he was doing business for her.

Arrested and charged with attempting to possess cocaine were: Clyde Martinez of El Jebel, Debra Ann Hughes Scherer of Carbondale, Daniel Lee Philben of Carbondale, Debra Marie Cooper of Basalt, Robert Clifford Howard of Basalt, Cynthia Louise Zajicek, Charles Reynolds Bartlett of Basalt and Shawna Marcelle Becker of New Castle.

According to the press release, Robert Becker drove his wife, Shawna, to the trailer, knowing that she intended to purchase cocaine. He remained in the car during the drug buy, and was charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine.

Attempting to possess cocaine is a class 5 felony, punishable by up to three years in prison. Distribution is a class 3 felony punishable by up to 16 years in prison.

TRIDENT is a multijurisdictional drug task force composed of officers of the Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Carbondale police departments, and the Garfield and Rio Blanco County sheriff’s offices.

Drug force officers in last week’s bust were also acting in cooperation with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt and Vail police, and the Center, Colorado Police Department.

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