Arrests made Wednesday in drug bust

Four warrants, three arrests

By Mark Reaman

Three people were arrested Wednesday morning in Gunnison County on narcotics related charges after a series of drug busts went down at the start of the workday. One arrest took place on Maroon Avenue between First and Second Streets in Crested Butte and that surprised nearby neighbors when they heard the raid begin with shouting and door banging by officers with automatic weapons.

According to the Crested Butte Marshal’s Office, members from the Crested Butte Marshal’s Office, the Mt. Crested Butte Police Department, Gunnison Police Department, the 7th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA executed multiple narcotic related search and arrest warrants throughout Gunnison County on Wednesday, June 9, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Four search warrants were served, three in Gunnison and one in Crested Butte. A male and female adult were arrested in Gunnison and an adult male was arrested in Crested Butte for Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, which is a drug felony 1. The names are not being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

Some residents of Maroon Avenue were outside when the raid started and said they were surprised and somewhat fearful by how close police in tactical gear with guns drawn were when the raid began. Crested Butte chief marshal Mike Reily said neighbors were never in any danger given the number of officers on scene. “Because of the adequate police presence at each site, officers swiftly took control of each scene and were able to ensure there was no danger to the public,” he explained.

Reily said the Marshal’s Office investigation that resulted in the seizure of guns, cash and narcotics has been ongoing since February.

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