NEWS: Tuesday May 25, 2010

May 25th @ 12:13 pm in News by Scott Staley

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested two suspects for felony Distribution and Possession of Cocaine (a schedule II controlled substance).   On Saturday May 22, 2010, an undercover operator for the task force purchased $300 worth of cocaine from the two suspects in the El Jebel area of Eagle County.  The Sheriff’s Office then took the two men into custody.

Lorenzo Villasenor-Diaz (age 36 from Rifle, CO) was driving the vehicle that the suspects drove to El Jebel.   He was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol upon his arrest.  Diaz did not have a driver’s license or proper vehicle registration.   He was charged with DUI and other traffic offenses, as well as the drug charges.   Fake identity cards were found in Diaz’s possession and he was also charged with felony Possession of Forged Instruments.  Diaz is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond.  He is illegally in the US from Mexico and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold was placed on Diaz.

Marlon Wilfredo-Valiente (age 31 from New Castle, CO) was the passenger in the vehicle.   He was charged with the drug charges above and is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond.  Valiente is illegally in the US from Guatemala and has an ICE hold also.

Tips on illegal drug activity from concerned citizens are vital to Task Force operations.  The ECSO will continue to investigate this incident. If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 3:49p)

Colorado’s attorney general says he doesn’t remember signing off on the transfer of an inmate who went on to kill four people. Republican Attorney General John Suthers says he wasn’t fully briefed before approving the transfer of Scott Kimball, who was released in 2002 to become an FBI informant. Suthers says he might have signed the documents as part of administrative work brought to him by deputy attorneys. Between 2003 and 2004, Kimball killed three women and his uncle. Kimball is serving a 70-year sentence. The Denver Post reports that Suthers’ approval of Kimball’s transfer from Alaska preceded the slayings. Suthers says he doesn’t recall working on the transfer. He blamed the FBI for “tragic miscalculations” that led to Kimball’s release.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 12:29p)

A Delta man who fractured a child’s skull was sentenced today. NBC 11 News says Leobardo Rincon pleaded guilty to child abuse and was sentenced to six years in prison. Rincon told police the child fell off a stroller and hit her head, later admitting that when she fell off he “lost it” and hit her in the head and threw her back into the stroller.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 12:13p)