Task force arrests suspected distributors

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— The All Crimes Enforcement Team, an area task force, arrested two men this week, both suspected of distributing narcotics, during separate search warrants executed in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

ACET announced Friday morning it had arrested Steamboat Springs resident Garrett Ruffen, 49, and Craig resident Eric Trefethen, 37, on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Both men have criminal backgrounds, according to court records.

Ruffen is charged with distribution of crack cocaine, a schedule 2 controlled substance, ACET reported.

Trefethen is charged with distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a dangerous or illegal weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The arrests are the result of ongoing ACET investigations in Moffat and Routt counties, task force commander Garrett Wiggins said. The task force, Wiggins added, is making a dent in the local drug trade.

"During the past seven months, ACET has seized approximately $260,000 worth (street value) of illegal drugs from making its way into our communities," Wiggins said in a news release.

"ACET's success in investigating the illegal drug trade is due to the collaborative efforts by many of our area law enforcement agencies working together as a team. In addition, as our community members have become more educated on the impacts of the drug epidemic, and the crimes associated with the use of illegal drugs, they have become more involved and called the task force with information and complaints about drug dealers."

ACET, with the assistance of the Moffat County Special Response Team, arrested Trefethen after conducting a search warrant in the 1600 block of Yampa Ave. in Craig.

It resulted in authorities seizing "a large quantity" of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and "several high-powered rifles," including a loaded, fully automatic machine gun and a handgun.

The arrest demonstrates "the people involved in the illegal drug business can be heavily armed with illegal weapons and have a very negative impact on the quality of life for all the honest and hard-working citizens of the Yampa Valley," Wiggins said.

ACET officials were unavailable for further comment Friday.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

Comments

Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 7 months ago

Where does the article say "GRAMNET" in it? It was changed to ACET after Rudolph the Red-Nosed Sheriff dropped out of the program.

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MrSteamboat 6 years, 7 months ago

Sure our "red nosed" sheriff can face them down, ....just as soon as he can walk over there.

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oofcboy 6 years, 7 months ago

It is amazing how much information Sbvor has.This person knows how to use the internet!

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id04sp 6 years, 7 months ago

It'll be interesting to see which judges recuse themselves from this case . . . . .

This community's tolerance for recreational drugs has finally come home to roost with deadly force behind it. We now have to worry about automatic weapons, car theft, burglaries, etc., all because the system has been soft on users.

While you're busy bashing Sheriff Wall for pulling out of GRAMNET, stop for a moment and consider the fact that GRAMNET may have been ineffective because people who used to work in the RCSO no longer have inside information on the "task force" operations.

We'll know that ACET is serious when they put away a few folks with large holdings in real estate, law degrees, etc.

Stopping the flow of cocaine into Routt County has never been a priority up to now. Divorcing RCSO from GRAMNET just might be the thing that will allow some honest cops to do their jobs.

Good job ACET. Give me a shout when you're ready to work on extortion and tax evasion.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 7 months ago

Hey! That's my tagline!! Well, actually, it's borrowed from Bob Rivers' Twisted Christmas song, "Teddy, The Red Nosed Senator."

ID- ACET's job is to capture the suspects. It's up to the courts to put them away based on ACET doing their job properly. I blame Wall for not helping contribute to them catching a quarter million in drugs in 7months. Just think if Routt were still involved? Bet we'd have a higher dollar figure of drugs confiscated to be happy about. Even if the suspects get back on the street, those drugs wouldn't. Shouldn't that be considered a plus?

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steamboatsconscience 6 years, 7 months ago

hey bore instead of whining why dont you put your money where your overflowing mouth is and get a recall petition going? then you can run for sheriff since you are obviously the most qualified as the smartest person in the County while your at it you could be Mayor, and Judge,Jury and Executioner as well. then all us peons could exalt your magnificent ego, as you cleanse the County of all who disagree with your allrighty views. I'm sure its crossed that immense mind of yours, hasn't it?

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seeuski 6 years, 7 months ago

idio4sp, Why don't you make a citizens arrest or turn in those white collar purps you are refering to, or are you just imagining that all criminals do what they do because "the man" is forcing them into it and anybody that has a respectable carreer must be using dope which is the demand side of the economic factor or should drugs be legalized because then all crimes associated with drug abuse will cease? Forget it pal!!! Illegal drugs suck and drug abuse destroys the sole causing death and destruction. I lost 2 of my best friends from high school because of drug abuse, I have seen what people will do to get high and it is irrational and uncontrollable. You are in the minority whether you like it or not.

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steamboatsconscience 6 years, 7 months ago

hey bore instead of whining why dont you put your money where your overflowing mouth is and get a recall petition going? I dont remember this thread being about your views on housing. but thanks again for proving my point, O Omnipotent One.

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steamboatsconscience 6 years, 7 months ago

bore "This video encapsulates (pun intended) the essence of the drug orgy that was "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" thanks for that video. brings back memories of my days as a Weatherman and the SDS." ah the good old days! LOL

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id04sp 6 years, 7 months ago

Kielbasa,

What I said was that, before Wall, the RCSO had a very low arrest record for drugs, and so did GRAMNET. Now ACET seems to be picking up the slack, right? Isn't it just possible that having the RCSO out of the loop has made ACET more effective, even without RCSO funding?

How could this happen?

It could easily happen if people inside the old RCSO were in a position to tip off the bad guys regarding what GRAMNET was doing. Get it?

Seesucki,

I don't know what you're rambling about. I do know that drugs have flowed in Routt County because people with power to stop it have not done their duty. Same for economic crimes such as extortion, insider transactions (tax evasion), and trading in land for political favors. Making a citizen's arrest does nothing unless the DA will prosecute.

There are folks working in our local justice system who, when faced with evidence they cannot refute, will simply "lose" it. It's not much different from when the Nazis in Germany either ignored the law, or changed it, to liquidate the Jews. "Friends don't let friends lose lawsuits in Routt County."

Maybe ACET will read up on history and figure out that the feds never got Al Capone for bootlegging. They got him for tax evasion. I'm not saying they are going to get powerful locals on tax evasion, of course, but the point is that people who are funding drug trafficking, or making money from it, are probably doing other things that are unlawful too. Getting the locals to be afraid of prosecution would do a lot more to get drugs out of the county than arresting a few "obvious" felons and outlaws like the two guys in the story.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 7 months ago

ID- Maybe we can attribute it to Wiggins taking it over. He came from the SSPD, though. Wonder what would have happened had he been elected Sheriff. I think there might be some people who voted for Wall that are wondering this now, also.

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seeuski 6 years, 7 months ago

idi04tspi,

The more you post the more I want to take the Rosanna Rosanna Danna response,"Never mind".

Just so confusing.

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thecondoguy1 6 years, 7 months ago

steamboatsconscience, I don't recall sbvor stating he is qualified or interested in any of those positions you mentioned, I read he/she with the idea that he/she is steamboatsconcience in facts, idealogy, and expression, isn't it ironic, you should offer up a moniker swap, from reading you both I think it would be fitting, you have no business calling he/she a bore, does not make any sense to me at all...........

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steamboatsconscience 6 years, 7 months ago

condo bore is one of my pet nicknames for he/she/it. we do have an ongoing personal ideology discussion in these boards, feel free to delve into our posts to one another if you are interested. sbvor's mission is to use these forums as a bully pulpit for his/her/its right wing ( oh, excuse me, "conservative", must be PC) agenda, painting anyone who does not agree with his/her/its view as a Socialist, Fascist, Communist, etc, and does so in an overbearing, condescending manner that more than likely causes people to ignore what he/she/it is saying.Cramming your ideology down people's throats by constantly repeating the same things over and over, or using any unrelated topic in these forums to change it into a platform of his/her/its rantings ( see the article on Nancy Stahoviak's award http://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/20... , never give up an opportunity to get a jab in right sbvor?) is the hallmark of a narcissist starving for attention. My job is to be a thorn in his/her/its backside. seems to work. any other questions?

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id04sp 6 years, 7 months ago

Kielbasa,

I think ACET's success comes from operating in Craig rather than around Steamboat. There are too many "golden calf" traffickers over here to risk actually catching some bad guy that might implicate the wrong people.

Doing away with meth in Moffat County is a whole bunch different than doing away with pot and coke in Rout County. Lawyers still prefer weed and coke, and they can afford it.

Thank God we don't have a bunch of illegal aliens in Routt County who use meth to take the sting out of sleeping four to a room at the Iron Horse, eh?

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 7 months ago

Yes, but there are meth labs in Routt County, as we've seen over the last 10yrs. Maybe not right in the city, but there's a lot of county land out there in Routt, too.

I still think pot should be legalized, though. It's harmful effects (no matter what Idiot links to show "statistics") are no more so than alcohol, when used in a non-abusive manner. I have no problem with someone who goes home after a long day at work and lights up a joint anymore than I have a problem with someone who goes home after work and has a cocktail or beer to wind down. That's not abusive. Been thru enough alcohol classes (where other drugs were discussed also) in my life to know this, along with my (and numerous members of my family) own alcoholism.

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thecondoguy1 6 years, 7 months ago

sbc, no objections at all, I read you both, I find sbvor to be stimulating a lot of good thinking, via facts and well thought out honest, referrances, there is nothing wrong with your responses and prevocation, it definitely generates more diatribes loaded with wholesome arguments, informative links, and good thinking, that inspires an accurate view of this world, all from this individual, a lot of imformation we would have to dig for and maybe never find. Keep up the good work........

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