Carbondale coke sting nets 2 arrests
Two Carbondale residents were arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling cocaine and an arrest warrant was issued for a third person after a year-long undercover investigation.James Louis Trujillo, 57, and Elaine Robin Thayer, 42, are each charged with multiple counts, including cocaine distribution and possession, and conspiracy to distribute.Police are also seeking Raymond Bourg, 50, on similar charges, all of which are felonies.The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) conducted the probe at three Carbondale restaurants and bars and one residence, according to an agency press release. TRIDENT officers were allegedly able to purchase cocaine on seven different occasions.Gene Schilling, TRIDENT chairman and Carbondale police chief, said the undercover operations began at the Ship of Fools bar, where an officer first met Bourg and Thayer. The officer allegedly purchased small amounts of cocaine twice from Bourg. On two other occasions, the officer purchased small amounts from Thayer at her residence at 65 N. Second St. in Carbondale.The operations allegedly continued on Sept. 10 of this year, when an undercover officer met Thayer’s roommate, Trujillo, at her home. The officer asked Trujillo for an ounce of cocaine, and the suspect agreed but said he would have to go get the drug, the press release says.TRIDENT officers reportedly followed Trujillo to a local bar and back to the home, where he sold the ounce to the officer.The report says that on Sept. 30 the officer met with Trujillo at another restaurant and bar in Carbondale, and the two began negotiations for a large quantity of cocaine. The officer also allegedly purchased 1.4 grams of cocaine from Trujillo.TRIDENT officers then obtained arrest warrants for the three suspects. On Tuesday an undercover officer allegedly purchased 7.4 ounces of suspected cocaine from Trujillo at his house and then immediately arrested him and Thayer.During a consensual search of the home, officers allegedly found cash, cocaine and ecstasy tablets.”We’ve always had a drug problem,” Schilling said in response to the arrests. “So far we haven’t found anything better than TRIDENT to deal with it. We’re currently trying to figure out whether to stay in it or to find another avenue from which to work on our concerns about drugs.”TRIDENT is a multijurisdictional drug task force funded through federal, state and local government sources. Anyone with information about drug trafficking in the area is encouraged to contact TRIDENT at 945-8790.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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