Arrest warrants have been issued for two California residents after investigators with the Summit County Sheriff's Office found approximately $120,00 worth of illegal narcotics hidden in their vehicle.
Alex Javier Rodriguezramos, 30, and Guillermo Garcia, 22, were stopped on the evening of Feb. 12 after a SCSO deputy observed their SUV weaving as it traveled on eastbound Interstate 70.
Following the traffic stop, deputies requested permission and received consent to search the car. When the dog was deployed, it indicated the detection of controlled substances in the center console area and underneath the rear seats.
The car was impounded until a search warrant could be executed. Garcia and Rodriguezramos were conducted to a nearby hotel. The dog's indication was enough to allow the vehicle to be impounded, but not enough probable cause to detain the individuals, said Tracy LeClair, public information officer for the sheriff's office.
After two court-issued search warrants and eight days of searching, investigators netted 3.76 kilos (approximately 8.28 pounds) of cocaine and 215 grams (approximately half a pound) of methamphetamine.
"We haven't done one this size in a while," said Summit County Sheriff John Minor, "but I think it's obviously coming through our community quite regularly."
In 2011, the Summit County Sheriff's Office assisted Colorado State Patrol in retrieving $17,500 in drug profit cash concealed in a passenger side door. The Feb. 20 find was one of the largest vehicle finds in a while, Minor said.
"This just goes to show that I-70 is still an active drug trafficking corridor," Minor said. "It's just a drop in the bucket, but I'm proud of the team's efforts. This is good, solid cop work."
By the time the search turned up probable cause for the arrests of Garcia and Rodriguezramos, they could no longer be located. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
"We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to hold these individuals responsible for using our community as a drug distribution artery," said District Attorney Bruce Brown.