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Drug agents nab men in midvalley

Aspen Times Staff Report

Authorities with the Twin Rivers Drug Enforcement Team arrested two midvalley men early Tuesday on several alleged drug offenses after conducting a search at an Emma Road residence.

During the search, TRIDENT authorities, as well as police officers from Basalt and Glenwood Springs, seized one ounce of suspected cocaine, a bag containing 1.06 pounds of suspected marijuana, one burlap sack containing three baggies with a total of 2.48 pounds of suspected marijuana, $1,150 in cash, one .22 caliber rifle, a small digital scale with “suspected cocaine residue” and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.

According to arrest warrants filed by Glenwood Officer Scott Templeton, Mariano Morales Tapia, 25, and Merced Ayon-Ramos, 22, were arrested after the search.

Morales Tapia “advised that he obtained the cocaine from a Hispanic male subject . who lives in California,” Templeton said in the warrant. Morales Tapia “said he receives approximately a half-pound of cocaine . once every two weeks. … Tapia advised that he sells the cocaine to several local subjects.”

Morales Tapia was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the warrant. All four offenses are felonies.

Ayon-Ramos was arrested on a felony possession of cocaine charge, the warrant said, after authorities allegedly discovered a baggie containing 1.2 grams of suspected cocaine in a floor heater duct in his bedroom.

Ayon-Ramos “advised that the cocaine belonged to him,” the warrant said.

Morales Tapia is being held at the Pitkin County Jail on a $15,000 bond; Ayon-Ramos is being held on a $5,000 bond. Both men are scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.


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