Rifle mother, son arrested in alleged drugs-for-guns deal
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colo. ” The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team arrested a woman and her son after they allegedly tried to trade drugs for guns while four children waited in a vehicle.
Patricia Marion Gray, 53, of Rifle, was arrested Dec. 21 on suspicion of two counts of possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana, two counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, four counts of child abuse, and one count of a criminal attempt to unlawfully purchase firearms.
Nathan Monroe Gray, 32, of Rifle, was arrested on all the same charges except for the criminal attempt to unlawfully purchase firearms count. Nathan Gray is Patricia Gray’s son, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said they seized almost 3.7 pounds of marijuana between amounts brought to the City Market parking lot and amounts found in the suspects’ residence. The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) is a task force that receives federal, state and local government funding, including money from Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Carbondale, Vail and Garfield County.
Patricia Gray didn’t post a $30,000 bond by Friday morning and remains in Garfield County Jail. Nathan Gray posted an $8,000 bond on Dec. 24. Both are scheduled to appear for formal filing of charges on Jan. 9.
According to an arrest affidavit, a Garfield County deputy said he came into contact with Patricia Gray at the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. in Glenwood Springs a few days earlier while acting in an undercover capacity. The deputy alleges that after some small talk, Gray said she wanted to trade some marijuana and hash for an AR-15 assault rifle and a .45-caliber handgun. The deputy wrote in his affidavit that she said the guns would be for a convicted felon in California who couldn’t legally purchase firearms.
The affidavit says the deputy called her back later, stating he found some guns and wanted to make a trade. Patricia and Nathan Gray allegedly arrived for a meeting arranged at City Market in Rifle, and a surveillance team was advised there were four children inside Patricia Gray’s vehicle, the affidavit says.
Another meeting was arranged later and the surveillance team followed Patricia and Nathan Gray back to their residence on the 300 block of East Fifth Street, according to the deputy.
They drove back to City Market about an hour later with the children, all under 11, still inside the vehicle, the affidavit says, and Patricia got inside the deputy’s vehicle to complete the transaction. After the deal was complete, a bust signal was given and the pair were arrested, while the four children were taken to the county Department of Human Services until they could be released to their mother, the affidavit says.
The deputy wrote that Patricia Gray opted not to speak until consulting an attorney, while Nathan Gray told deputies the remaining marijuana was in his bedroom and signed a consent form allowing law enforcement to seize the marijuana.
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