Rifle woman, once wrongly arrested, back in jail again
August 21, 2009
RIFLE, Colo. – A Rifle woman, who was wrongfully arrested in connection with an alleged drug ring in 2008, has been arrested for a second time this year for allegedly assaulting a family member.
Danielle Marie Trujillo, 31, was arrested around 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 17 after Rifle police were called to a residence at 410 W. 25th St. According to police, Trujillo was arrested for assaulting a family member, and later released on bond.
Authorities didn’t release specific information regarding the matter on Thursday.
Trujillo was arrested in May on felony drug charges of possession of methamphetamine, distribution, possession with intent to distribute, and attempted possession. She is awaiting arraignment on those charges.
Falsely arrested in April 2008 by the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), Trujillo was charged with distribution of Hydrocodone. Nearly two weeks after the arrest, the task force admitted the error of arresting the wrong woman and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges against her.
The task force was actually looking for Daniell May Trujillo, 27, of Rifle, in the 2008 distribution case, but that individual was never charged in the case. Danielle Trujillo was arrested in March 2009 for methamphetamine distribution.
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Danielle Marie Trujillo filed a civil federal lawsuit on April 15 against the task force for false imprisonment and slander over the 2008 arrest. That filing came one month before she was arrested for the latest allegations.
According to court documents, a notice of settlement was filed in the federal lawsuit on Aug. 14, by attorney Eric Ziporin of Senter, Goldfarb and Rice LLC. Ziporin represents Mike Tyler and Rifle police officer Mike Kuper, two of the defendants named in the suit.
Carbondale attorney Kathy Goudy, representing Trujillo, confirmed a settlement is pending in the case; she said the exact terms are still being negotiated and could not be disclosed. However, Goudy said, “It will be a final settlement resolving all issues, and once a settlement is signed, Ms. Trujillo will dismiss her case against all parties as the matters will be resolved.”
A phone call to Ziporin seeking comment was not immediately returned Thursday.