Officers arrest wrong woman in drug sting
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” One of more than 30 people arrested during a narcotics dragnet last month spent two days in jail over a case of mistaken identity.
Danielle Marie Trujillo was cleared in a prescription drug distribution case Thursday after prosecutors said police arrested the wrong woman.
“It’s just an outrage that an innocent person was arrested and accused of a felony crime,” said public defender Jim Conway, who represented Trujillo.
Trujillo, 31, said she was arrested at her home in Rifle on April 17. Officers actually were looking for Danielle May Trujillo. A photo of her provided by the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, or TRIDENT, shows the actual suspect looks much different, is smaller and has darker skin.
Danielle Marie Trujillo said officers who made the arrest arrived with a photograph of the other Trujillo but arrested her anyway, she said. She paid a $1,500 fee to post $10,000 bond to get out of jail. Trujillo received a check for $1,510 Friday.
Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said a warrant was issued for the correct suspect, and TRIDENT or an officer from a local agency failed to properly confirm they had the right Trujillo.
He said authorities will look into who made the arrest and how the identities were mistaken.
A warrant still exists for Danielle May Trujillo.
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