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Three arrested for alleged cocaine sale

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY – Three men were arrested Saturday for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover detective, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The men allegedly sold one ounce of cocaine for $800 in the sting. The department identified the men who were arrested as Jose Miguel Cruz-Chimal, 21, of Carbondale; Nicolas Valencia-Alvarez, 31, of Glenwood Springs; and Marin Ibarra-Mellin, 33, of Glenwood Springs. Each was charged with possession and distribution of cocaine, both felonies. They are being held on a $50,000 bond each.

Mellin allegedly had fake identification cards and gave a false name at the time of his arrest so he was also charged with felony criminal impersonation and possession of forged instruments, according to the sheriff’s office.

“All three men are in the United States illegally and have Immigration and Customers Enforcement detainers,” read a statement from the sheriff’s office. That means they cannot bond out, and they will likely be deported at the conclusion of their criminal cases.


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