On February 7, 2014, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office stopped a pick-up truck for a traffic violation in Pueblo County. Pueblo County Sheriff’s K9 PC alerted on the presence of narcotics during the stop. Deputies, in contact with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), then towed the vehicle to the Pueblo West Field Office until a thorough search of the vehicle could be performed.
On Tuesday February 11th, members of the DEA/Southern Colorado Drug Task Force, who have been investigating the suspects, arrived to complete the search. Inside a hidden compartment above the engine, task force members found approximately four (4) pounds of methamphetamine.
Matthew Barden, Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the DEA in Colorado Springs gave special thanks to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, PCSO K9 PC, his handler Deputy Talton, and the deputies who assisted with the search. According to RAC Barden, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is a true partner and ally in combating drug trafficking organizations in Colorado and the United States.
Sheriff Taylor stated, “This Office is dedicated to the investigation, detection and prosecution of drug related activity in or around our community and proud to assist our Federal partners in this endeavor.” The methamphetamine has a street value just over $100,000. The investigation into these suspects continues.
The DEA/Southern Colorado Drug Task Force is comprised of personnel from the DEA, Colorado Springs P.D., Pueblo P.D., El Paso County S.O., Pueblo County S.O., Florence P.D., Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Colorado State Patrol, and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.