Undercover agent arrests local man for cocaine sale
The TRIDENT drug task force arrested a Woody Creek man Monday for allegedly selling an eighth of an ounce of cocaine to an undercover officer in Carbondale.
Ricardo Gonzalez-Tena, 24, is being held on a $10,000 bond. He could face four to 16 years in prison if convicted of the Class 3 felony.
According to a report from the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, an officer outfitted with a wire contacted Gonzalez-Tena. They met in Carbondale, where the officer asked to purchase an “eight-ball” of cocaine. Gonzalez-Tena said he could get it and went across the street into a tavern.
He returned a few minutes later with what officers described as “six yellow bindles of suspected cocaine.” After he accepted the officer’s money, Gonzalez-Tena was taken into custody. Another bindle was allegedly found in one of Gonzalez-Tena’s pants pockets.
The 5.1 grams confiscated from Gonzalez-Tena tested positive for cocaine, according to the TRIDENT report. The bindle from his pocket also allegedly tested positive.
Gonzalez-Tena is scheduled to make his first court appearance Aug. 4.
TRIDENT is a multijurisdictional drug task force made of members of the Garfield and Rio Blanco county sheriff’s offices, and Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and Rifle police departments.
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