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2 Steamboat suspects jailed on suspicion of drug possession

Man, woman remain in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail

Omar Aguirre-Prieto

— A man and a woman are in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail each after police say they seized an estimated 240 grams of suspected cocaine and $15,000 in cash from a condo at Walton Village condos in Steamboat Springs on Monday night, according to an affidavit filed with the Routt County Combined Courts.

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, along with officers from the Routt County Sheriff's Office and Steamboat Springs Police Department, served a search warrant Monday night at 1300 Athens Plaza, Epsilon No. 11.

ACET Cmdr. Marvin Cameron said Thursday that the search warrant was served at about the same time as officers were stopping a car for speeding that contained the two people who live at the condo. Officers arrested the driver, Omar Aguirre-Prieto, 39, on suspicion of driving under revocation, and passenger Valentina Rodriguez-Derma, 41, on two fugitive of justice warrants out of Jefferson County.

After their condo was searched, the two also were arrested on suspicion of unlawful distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance — cocaine. Rodriguez-Derma also was arrested on suspicion of criminal impersonation and possession of a forged instrument. Those charges are related to Rodriguez-Derma providing police with a false name and birthday, according to the affidavit. The affidavit states that officers later found a Mexican driver's license in the car that had Rodriguez-Derma's picture and a different name.

During the search of the condo, officers reportedly found $15,000 in cash in a safe, an estimated 240 grams of suspected cocaine, multiple scales and plastic bags "commonly used to package and sell cocaine," the affidavit stated.

"The investigation is ongoing, and future arrests may be made in this investigation," Cameron said Thursday in a news release.

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