TRIDENT Arrests Eight Suspects for Drug Ring
GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. - After five months of surveillance, Garfield County authorities arrested eight people suspected of selling drugs. Garfield County Authorities have been conducting surveillance and undercover work to narrow in on the suspected dealers. The eight people range from ages 19 to 51. Authorities say they are all considered to have significant involvement in the operation. Chief Terry Wilson of the Glenwood Springs Police Department, said, "The things that people are doing with chemistry sets right now are a little bit spooky." One of the drugs tied to the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team's (TRIDENT) latest drug bust is known as "Smiles". Officials say it has recently emerged onto the scene, "I believe it's the first time we've actually gotten it, that we've seized the product itself," said Wilson. Another disturbing factor in the investigation is that one of the suspects lives directly across the street from Glenwood Springs High School. "A lot of times you get somebody that sells weed, a lot of times you get somebody that sells cocaine. These folks seemed like they were selling just about anything," Wilson said. Brad Murphy, who witnessed the arrest made at an apartment complex across from the school, said, "[I was] sitting on the porch enjoying the morning with my daughter and saw five cops walk over that way." He and his family moved into the neighborhood just days ago. "The officers were in there performing search warrant on his house, his 17-year-old high school girlfriend showed up at the house. So we know there's at least some connection to the student body of our local high school," said Wilson. Officials say the arrests were significant due to the ages of suspects and severity of the products. "Between the cocaine, the LSD and the Smiles, you had three distinctly hard narcotic substances," Wilson said. While they've seized so-called "Smiles" for the first-time, authorities don't suspect it will be the last. The people arrested face various felony drug charges including possession and intent to distribute. TRIDENT says their bust is causing this drug trafficking organization thousands of dollars in potential profit from drug sales.