More arrests follow Tuesday ACET sweep

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Vita Hockreiter

— The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested three more individuals Wednesday night in Craig in an investigation that resulted in the arrest of 11 men Tuesday.

Vita Pilar Hochreiter, 34, Mallory Dean Johnston, 24, and Russell Stewert McDiffett, 34, were arrested for distribution of methamphetamine, a Schedule II substance.

ACET Commander Garrett Wiggins said his agency believes the suspects arrested in both investigations are part of a larger organized crime operation.

More arrests could follow in the immediate future, he said.

"There are some people at large right now that are suspects, as well," he said. "There's always the possibility that future arrests could come from this."

All three suspects arrested Wednesday were taken into custody in Craig, but they were not arrested together, Wiggins said. They all are U.S. citizens.

No illegal substances, money or weapons were confiscated during their arrests, Wiggins said.

He added the arrests resulted from hard work on the part of law enforcement and concerned citizens.

The Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Steamboat Springs Police Department, Hayden Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office have all played parts in the investigations, Wiggins said.

"These guys and the community members all worked very hard on this, and my hand goes out to them," he said.

Officials have said the operation resulting in the arrests of 11 men made Tuesday night was one of the largest in ACET's history.

According to reports, law enforcement confiscated money, drug paraphernalia, a firearm and methamphetamine and cocaine worth approximately $30,000 on the street during that sweep.

Jail records indicate each man arrested Tuesday was born in Mexico. The District Attorney's Office expects to file charges soon.

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nmypinon 6 years, 8 months ago

Never seen anyone so excited/happy to have their " mugshot". Keep up the good work ACET.

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otterbdone 6 years, 8 months ago

Hats off to the whole A.C.E.T. team. Lives saved again, again and again. So wonderful to read about this progress. It is the best news in the whole paper for today.

Now zoom in on Oak Creek. Requesting zero drug tolerance in S. Routt.

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OnTheBusGus 6 years, 8 months ago

Really, you would think Vita was grinning for her ski pass photo. Good job ACET!!

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colobob 6 years, 8 months ago

This comment is for Stmboatproff. Well what do you know, three more arrests and All US citizens. Not one of them an ILLEGAL alien. Kind of blows your racist theory out of the water. Appears as though illegal is illegal. Doesn't make any difference whether you are an illegal alien or illegal drug trafficer. Great Job ACET!

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colobob 6 years, 8 months ago

Pilot & Today Wondering why the page "Nine Arrested In Drug Bust" is no longer accessible?

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colobob 6 years, 8 months ago

nmyopinion, My guess on why this individual looks so happy is that contrary to the report that she is a US citizen she may actually be found after further investigation to be an illegal with false papers. That means deportation and just crossing the border once again. Either that or she had been sampling some of her wares prior to the arrest. Your guess is as good as mine.

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chillppl 6 years, 8 months ago

Hats off to ACET...keep up the great work guys!

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washedwisper 6 years, 8 months ago

Thanks ACET. Vita needs to be off our streets !!!

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washedwisper 6 years, 8 months ago

I know of at least 1 person whos life has been destroyed by Vita ! Good job

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washedwisper 6 years, 8 months ago

Nate you need to trow out the trash ! What are you thinking. What ever could you see in Vita ? Thanks AECT. Heres hopeing they all go to jail.

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80488mom 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe she's just high and oblivious to what's going on. When she comes down I bet she's not smiling.

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years, 8 months ago

my thoughts exactly mom!!! otterbdone...didn't you know?when law inforcement tries to do their job in s. routt, people petition for them to be fired!

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washedwisper 6 years, 7 months ago

Cant beleive Nathan Kelly would use his fathers house to get Vita out of jail. Jack must be turning in his grave. Sad very sad.

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