Police seize 204 pounds of marijuana | AspenTimes.com

Police seize 204 pounds of marijuana

Glenwood Springs Post Independent Staff

Two Rifle men were arrested last week for allegedly attempting to sell 204 pounds of marijuana with a possible street value of $200,000.

Luis Manual Ortega, 42, and Emma Ortega, 38, were arrested about 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 3 at a hotel in Rifle.

They stopped at the hotel to pick up a vehicle full of marijuana when the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, Rifle Police Department, Rifle Fire Department and the Otero Narcotics Enforcement Unit of New Mexico intervened.

The U.S. Border Patrol notified the Otero New Mexico Narcotics Enforcement Unit about the vehicle.

After questioning the driver of the vehicle, authorities learned the vehicle was headed for Rifle.

The men were arrested when they allegedly attempted to pay the driver and pick up the vehicle.

Both were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, two special offender felony counts, conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana and conspiracy to possess more than eight ounces of marijuana.

The special offender felony is a class two felony. The offenders face eight to 24 years in prison and a $5,000 to $1 million fine.

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