CBI Investigating Allegations Cop Gave Meth to Pregnant Woman

By: Natalie Pallone Email
By: Natalie Pallone Email

In October, a major meth ring officials say was led by Steven Anthony Valles was dismantled. But now there's an investigation into allegations that an officer involved in the bust gave drugs to a pregnant woman.

11 News got a letter from an inmate at the Mesa County Jail. The inmate claims an undercover officer gave methamphetamine to a pregnant woman. It's also the same letter former mayor Jim Doody got back in April and turned over to police.

On Tuesday, 11 News got another letter, this one from the Grand Junction City Attorney. It was a statement from Police Chief Bill Gardner confirming an investigation into the allegations. It stated that the investigation into the officers actions has been handed over to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

According to an arrest affidavit for Steven Valles, the officer was working under cover with the Western Colorado DEA Drug Task Force. One day the officer bought 28 grams of meth from Valles with the help of a pregnant woman. In return for her help, she asked the officer for a gram of meth as payment. The affidavit says the officer allowed her to take it.

The affidavit says the undercover officer saw no way around it and that if he would have said no his cover would have been blown.

Also in the affidavit, the officer told the woman several times she shouldn't being doing drugs because she was pregnant.

Because no charges have been filed against the officer 11 News has chosen not to release his name. The officer is on paid administrative leave though as is standard procedure.

To read the Chief of Police's statement click on the attachment.


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