Drug bust

A large amount of presumed methamphetamine is sitting on the hood of a Colorado State Patrol cruiser during a traffic stop in West Glenwood on Monday that resulted in the arrest of a California man. This photo quickly garnered more than 140 comments when posted to the Roaring Fork Swap Facebook group Monday afternoon. 

Colorado State Patrol arrested a 33-year-old California man Monday afternoon after discovering more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in West Glenwood.

The state trooper pulled over the single driver — identified as Edgar Esquivel-Tecalco — for “multiple traffic violations” on eastbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 114 at 12:23 p.m., according to CSP public information officer Josh Lewis.

“Over 60 packages of methamphetamine totalling over 100 pounds with a street value of a little more than a $1 million,” he said of the vehicle’s contents. “Needless to say, the party’s been taken into custody.”

Esquivel-Tecalco was arrested around 1:15 p.m. and is being held at the Garfield County Jail, though no description of charges was available. Lewis was unsure if charges have been filed.

“It’s still pretty early in the process,” he said.

Last month, 12 people were arrested locally in a drug trafficking investigation by the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, known as TRIDENT — but it’s not believed that this arrest is connected to that investigation, Lewis noted.

“In this case, it’s an out-of-state party. I believe it’s independent,” he said.

Megan Tackett is a reporter for the Aspen Daily News. She can be reached at megan@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @MeganTackett10.