Grand Valley Police Make Significant Cocaine Bust

Federal and local agencies make a cocaine seizure in Fruita worth more than $700,000. Details about the bust, which happened last Friday, were released Tuesday. Drug Enforcement Agency officials say the Grand Junction Task Force is mainly responsible for the 6 kilograms of cocaine that were seized. Police say the drugs were on their way from Tucson, Arizona, to Chicago.

Police contacted a man identified as Delfino Rodriquez–Torres at a Loco gas station in Fruita after noticing the 1995 Ford Windstar he was driving made a sudden exit off of I–70. The man then gave officers permission to search the vehicle. Then the task force canine officer gave an indication that drugs might be in the van.

The search which followed revealed the 6 kilos of cocaine hidden in the car stereo speakers. D.E.A Special Agent Jeffrey Sweetin says while the seizure and arrest will not take down a large drug trafficing operation, it will be noticed.

Torres was charged with possession with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine. If convicted he faces 10 years to life in prison along with up to $4 million dollars in fines.

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