The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team announced Wednesday that 12 people have been arrested on suspicion of distributing narcotics throughout Garfield and Pitkin counties.
The release says that TRIDENT, in association with the Drug Enforcement Administration, began investigating a drug-trafficking organization in May. The organization was involved in drug distribution in the two counties, the release states.
As of Aug. 7, 12 people had been arrested in connection with the investigation, while two others were being held in custody. Two arrest warrants were still outstanding, the release says.
Law enforcement agencies seized approximately 471.8 grams of heroin, 131.7 grams of methamphetamine, 54 grams of cocaine and one loaded handgun, according to the release. Felony charges against those who were arrested include possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
The release lists the names of those who were arrested, along with their ages, but does not say where they are from. They are: Robert Rivas, 37; Brent A. Hopper, 58; Jose L. Solorio-Gomez, 23; Damien D. Russo, 41; Daniel Redden, 28; Trevor N. Dow, 26; Matthew D. Russell, 35; Riley C. Prins, 24 ; Michael A. Sena, 40 ; Jeremiah J. Mobley, 39; Justin M. Romero, 28; Anthony D. Eagle, 26; Randy L. Barrow, 50; and Austin P. Knight, 22.
TRIDENT is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force funded by federal, state and local government agencies. It is based out of Glenwood Springs.