The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team has arrested three men after a traffic stop near a western Colorado canyon where they discovered nearly 900 marijuana plants growing. According to this KKTV news report, the arrest was made after a Garfield County deputy saw a man run out of the woods and jump into a minivan near the town of Parachute. When members of the drug task force stopped the van and searched it, they found a trash bag containing about 10 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana, the report said.
The three men who were arrested on drug charges in Colorado on November 11, 2008 were: Humberto Bautista Flores, 24; German Ortiz-Delgado, 26; and 31-year-old Luis Luna Flores. All three men face felony charges for cultivation and possession of marijuana. Officials reportedly made this traffic stop in the same canyon where the officers had recovered the marijuana plants on September, 24, 2008.
Drug crimes in Colorado often result in serious consequences. If convicted of drug cultivation, possession or possession for sale, you could face tough penalties, probation and a long time behind bars. A skilled criminal defense attorney will be able to look into whether the defendants’ Fourth Amendment rights were violated or an illegal “search and seizure” was conducted. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects individuals against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. In drug cases especially, the legality of how the evidence is obtained is frequently challenged. A search may be conducted on your person, at your home or office or even in your vehicle.
If the government has violated your constitutional rights the evidence may be suppressed which may preclude the prosecutor from using the illegally obtained evidence which may result in the state dismissing the case. If you have been charged with a drug crime in Colorado, please call the Law Office of Timothy Bussey to find out how we can help protect your legal rights. Please remember that a knowledgeable and experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in your case.