CRIME IN THE NEWS
Second body found in Morgan County “brutal killings” case identified as missing 18-year-old woman - The Denver Post
Morgan County authorities have released the identity of an 18-year-old missing woman found dead in an animal shed last week. The teen is connected to a man whose body was found in an abandoned garage days before.
Authorities say the pair died in “brutal killings...."
Man known as ‘Psycho’ faces new charges in connection with the murder of a Colorado woman - KKTV
More charges are being brought forth against a man known as “Psycho.”Adre Baroz, AKA Psycho, is facing new charges in connection with the investigation involving human remains located in the San Luis Valley area and missing persons cases in late 2020...
Update: Four arrested during drug raid at Cortez motel - THE JOURNAL
Three people were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of drug-related offenses during a raid on several rooms at the American Holiday Mesa Verde Inn in Cortez, according to law enforcement officials.
A fourth man was arrested for a felony warrant....
Cortez man sentenced for drug possession with intent to distribute - THE JOURNAL
A Cortez man was sentenced Thursday at the Montezuma County Combined Courts to six years in the Department of Corrections for heroin possession with intent to distribute.Christopher Allen Gonzales, 24, was arrested Feb. 17 by the Montezuma-Cortez Narcotics Investigation Team...
Man arrested for alleged fentanyl distribution - THE JOURNAL
A New Mexico man, Manuel Nester Vargas, has been arrested for suspicion of illegal distribution and possession of the drug fentanyl in the Cortez area, according to the Cortez Police Department.
Vargas, 24, was arrested by officers on Dec. 2 in Montezuma County after a yearlong undercover investigation by the Cortez-Montezuma Narcotics Investigation Team...
Montezuma-Cortez narcotics team makes another heroin arrest - THE JOURNAL
A Cortez man was arrested last week at gunpoint on the city’s Main Street and charged with suspected heroin possession and distribution.
Christopher Allen Gonzales, 24, initially was arrested on a felony parole violation by officers from the Cortez Police Department and Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office while he washed his silver Nissan Altima...
Hard drugs being trafficked into area, Sheriff’s Office says - THE JOURNAL
The presence of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in Montezuma County and Colorado has become more common, said Sheriff Steve Nowlin, and threatens the health and safety of the community.“Cortez has become a hub of drug trafficking and distribution, and it comes from the south...."
Cortez man with history of drug use sentenced to prison - DURANGO HERALD
A Cortez man suspected of drug distribution and convicted of methamphetamine possession was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.In a plea agreement, Maynard Wayne Peltier, 68, pleaded guilty to two amended charges of felony drug possession...
Deputy's Struggle With Suspect Highlights Law Enforcement Challenges In Montezuma County - KSJD
It took 15 minutes for back-up help to arrive and assist a Montezuma County Sheriff’s deputy wrestling with a suspect trying to take his weapons.Sheriff Steve Nowlin told the county commissioners Monday that Deputy Victor Galarza injured his shoulder in the fight, which took place August 1st outside a home on Highway 184...