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Drug force makes cocaine bust

Special from The Glenwood Independent

The TRIDENT drug busters bagged a pair of alleged cocaine dealers in Glenwood Springs on Sunday night.

Glenwood police officers executed the arrests of Delores Flores-Ruis, 52, and Samuel Varela-Luna, 34, Sunday at the men’s camper, which was parked at 1125 Willow Way in Glenwood.

Both suspects were arrested on warrants for possession and distribution of cocaine, a class 3 felony. The arrests came after undercover officers arranged to stop by the camper and buy coke from Ruis, according to the arrest warrant.

After the cops had Ruis safely in hand, they got their hands on a search warrant for the pair’s camper. The search of the vehicle and living quarters was completed Sunday night. The officers didn’t have to look too hard to find what they were searching for. According to the arrest warrant, “In plain view on the bed at the driver’s end of the camper were approximately 35 bindles. Inside the bindles was a white powdery substance.” Tests on the white stuff, according to police, confirmed that it was cocaine.

The haul totaled up to 28 grams of suspected cocaine, which is about an ounce of the drug.

In addition to the drugs, officers also found baking soda, commonly used as “a cutting agent” mixed with cocaine, and precut foil wrappers.

According to Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman, who is the local prosecutor assigned to the TRIDENT team, “both of these defendants will be charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, dispense and distribute, a class 3 felony. They are currently being held in the Garfield County Jail on $10,000 bond, each. Class 3 felonies are normally punishable by a sentence of from four to 16 years in prison” and fines as high as $750,000.

TRIDENT is a multijurisdictional drug task force made up of law enforcement officers from various towns and counties in the valley.


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