Local Business Owner Allegedly Part of Drug Ring
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. NewsChannel 5 is learning more about the suspects involved in this week's massive drug bust. While some are illegal aliens, others are residents throughout Western Colorado. Among them, Terry Lawrence, who was indicted on five counts. However, he's also known to many as a businessman in the Grand Valley.
According to the Colorado Secretary of State's website, Lawrence was once a director of Grace Homes, a home-building firm in the region. NewsChannel 5 has also learned he has been a member of the local Housing and Building Association. Additionally, he was a past owner of The Business Times.
Lawrence was indicted on five counts, two counts of racketeering, two counts of conspiracy to distribute and one count of actual distribution.
The predicate that the grand jury found actual probable cause for was that on three different occasions the suspect had either participated with others or had arranged the distribution of cocaine. Officials say people would go to the RV he was distributing out of and he would then distribute controlled substances.
The owner of that RV park, Mari Garland, says she dealt with several issues during his time there, and did not renew his month-to-month stay, just a few weeks ago.
"We were concerned about the amount of traffic of folks coming in and out and the hours those folks were keeping. Had a couple times where we had to do extra pickup around the site, there were materials that really shouldn't be in a family park," said Garland.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said, "Surveillance actually watched some of these transactions occur. The way wiretap investigations typically go is that they'll pick up phone calls that will lead them to believe certain actions are going to go on, and then they'll go cover those actions."
Lawrence's RV was one of the eight vehicles seized during the execution of search warrants related to the arrests.
The pretrial report in the case indicates he has two prior records, one in New Jersey and one in the Front Range. One is related to robbery and the other to drugs.