Law-Enforcement Operation Deemed Successful
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo. This weekend a large-scale law-enforcement operation took place in Mesa County, and Colorado State Patrol Trooper deemed it as a success.
Between Friday morning and Saturday night, Colorado State Patrol Troopers hosted a multi-jurisdictional operation with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Junction and Fruita police departments.
The two-pronged purpose: to interdict criminal activity such as auto theft and drug trafficking and to encourage safe driving behaviors through strict enforcement of traffic laws.
During a 48-hour period, the operation tallied the following accomplishments:
1) Troopers contacted 336 motorists for 393 violations of traffic and criminal laws. 236 motorists were contacted as a result of dangerous or improper driving behavior.
2) Troopers located and arrested the drivers of two stolen vehicles.
3) A Trooper detected and confiscated 92 pounds of high-grade marijuana concealed in a vehicle and packaged for distribution. (See attached photo.)
4) Troopers located and arrested four fugitives on Colorado State Patrol warrants for multiple DUI violations, habitual traffic offenses, careless driving causing death, and criminally negligent child abuse.
5) Troopers seized a vehicle with a false compartment designed to transport methamphetamine.
6) Troopers seized a stolen handgun with an altered serial number.
7) Eight people were arrested for drug/alcohol violations.
8) 106 drivers were cited--including a reckless driver traveling more than 110 miles-per-hour and forcing vehicles off the roadway. 290 motorists were educated through verbal and written warnings for less serious violations.
Officials say the operation's success is a reminder that cooperation between law-enforcement agencies continues to benefit Colorado residents and public safety as a whole.