2 Steamboat suspects jailed on suspicion of drug possession

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

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Omar Aguirre-Prieto

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Valentina Rodriguez-Derma

— 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.

— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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doubleottseven 3 years, 4 months ago

I wonder if these people are here illegally. I wonder who was the intended end user for the drugs...Steamboat residents or a sale to a Steamboat resident to sell to his fellow townfolk. It makes you wonder if the drug cartels are involved,although I wouldn't be surprised. Drug cartel influence/violence/crime is coming to town and the people that use the drugs are the ones who are inviting it.

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seeuski 3 years, 4 months ago

Don't get Scott Weddell started on this, I am sure he'll have a well planned out detailed explanation for this that includes legalizing pot and that we can't stop em from coming, maybe a work visa ay? So lets close the damn borders, this could have been predicted and it is just a matter of time before the violence that is associated with these illegals shows up here in our little burg too. Like to know what weapons they most likely found in the bust and raid.

Loved Herman Cain last night.

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Fred Duckels 3 years, 4 months ago

I am told that we are a sanctuary city but maybe we don't need the competition.

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rhys jones 3 years, 4 months ago

Bet it ain't my Sinaloan guys; that's one mellow cartel.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 4 months ago

I am all for this arrest. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that causes real health and mental (paranoia) issues.

To say this is anything new requires an incredible level of ignorance. Drugs have freely flowed in this resort community since at least the 70s. It is nonsense to suggest drug cartels are coming to SB now because SB has had illegal drugs for decades. Old timers can talk about the coke parties after closing at any number of leading local bars. Actually, from what I've seen, the local population is getting older and so probably the amount of drugs being consumed locally has been declining.

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doubleottseven 3 years, 4 months ago

Scott...you are right...drug use in Steamboat is not new, and you are right, coke parties were rampant during and after bar hours. What is different though is that many of the drugs came from Columbia and the ones that came from Mexico did not have cartels coming with it. For you to suggest that cartel influence may not involved in current drug trafficking to Steamboat is unwise. Somewhere (Jefferson County perhaps), somehow, somebody from a dangerous cartel is involved.

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JJ Southard 3 years, 4 months ago

LOL.. at doubleot... Cocaine cartels originated and still have control over, Colombia. Mexican Cartels are somewhat partnered with them. A Cartel is Cartel....they tend to run things worldwide.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 4 months ago

Typical Seesuki, living in a reality unique to himself.

In all reality, these guys quite possibly are connected to a Front Range gang and are the local representatives.

But to think that gangs with hang outs and protected turf would happen here is nonsense. We are too small, too transient and too wealthy for gangs to recruit and so their goal here would be to stay under the police radar and make money selling.

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kathy foos 3 years, 4 months ago

Great Job getting these people off the streets.Demand border control and maybe cocaine,crack and meth wont make it up this far. Scott wedel,I'm thinking the face of gangs has changed and escaped your ever detailed observations in the process.You expect a mexican gang to be all cocky on the street corner in Steamboat?It is fair game to border jumping people that take the law into their own hands .That act in itself shows their contempt for our laws here.Many ,many people are here legally,and please don't think I mean you.I think all people have good in them(maybe not bin ladin) but I don't think lawbreakers should be welcome (assimilated.I hope they don't just get three years and deported.I don't think they should have the choice to ever go home to Mexico again,money well spent keeping them in Canyon City.If they go home how long till they bring more coke,crack or meth to sell to the silly county residents who are buying that product?Those drugs are ruining our youths all over the country.They get our jobs.....our children go down the tube. Oh yes Scott wedel,do you even know how to comment without personal attacks?Everyone does it inadvertintly occasionally,but you are distracting the meaning of your message by attacking others.I find myself cringing instead of listening to your perspective.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh no, did I attack Seesuki by trading barbed comments on reality perspectives? Considering how similar our comments are to each other, I don't see how anyone could think either one of us was attacking the other.

The most common statistics for the number of illegal immigrant committing other crimes as compared to the total number of illegal immigrants shows the percentage to be very similar to that of the general population. Basically, most come here to work and in order to stay here and work so they live carefully so they don't get arrested. The people that have problems are likely to quickly enough run into the law and run the risk of being deported.

It is just scapegoating to claim that kids are doing drugs because of illegal immigrants.

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jerry carlton 3 years, 4 months ago

The southern border of this country will never be closed. The corporations and the super-rich purchase the majority of the politicians and keep them in their back pockets. The cheap labor for unskilled and semiskilled labor holds everbodies wages down and puts more money in the pockets of the corporations, the super-rich, and the politicians. The "brain" jobs are moving to India, the manufacturing jobs have moved to China and Mexico and the super-rich get more tax breaks. The only jobs that are going to be left for Americans will be government jobs, health care, and growing MMJ. The problem with this scenario is who will buy the products from overseas and who will pay the government workers when no one else has a job.

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Kevin Nerney 3 years, 4 months ago

To quote Glenn Fry in "Smugglers Blues" --They're movin' through Miami they're sellin' in L.A. , They hide it up in Telluride ( steamboat) I mean it's here to stay-------It's the politics of contraband it's the Smugglers Blues.

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seeuski 3 years, 4 months ago

Lets see if Scott can answer a couple of simple questions. @Scott Wedel, Do you believe that US Citizens are at risk in any way due to illegals from foreign Countries crossing our border?

Do you believe that illegals for the most part are coming across the border with the intention of becoming US Citizens or to take whatever money they earn back to where they came from where it is worth more? (this could be more than a yes or no answer here)

If you believe they are coming to integrate into our society do you believe that English should be required learning and the official language in the USA?

seeu later.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 4 months ago

Seesuku, Sure US Citizens near the border can be at risk from smugglers. And sure some criminals come here because this is whee the money is, but they also lack local knowledge and tend to stand out so they are not that hard to catch. (Such as claims that local business owners have long sold illegal drugs without ever being caught while these guys get busted). As for dangerous smugglers, the heart of the problem is that people intending to work can pay the smugglers and expect to come out ahead because once past the border area then our employment verification is so bad that a person can expect to get work. As long as there is money to be made once inside then smuggling is going to exist and ironically, the more there is border security then the more valuable the smuggling operation which increases the likelihood of violence to protect the lucrative operation.

Well, if you believe your stories on anchor babies then there every is intent to become US Citizens. I'd guess typical intent is to first send money home, then do well enough to bring family here to share in their success. As has been shown with the recession, a whole lot simply go to where things are best for them and so have gone home instead of being unemployed here. What most do probably depends upon the economy and what they think is their best option.

In terms of US Government, it is in the fed's budget interest to have them here while working and then go home at retirement time. It is well documented that feds collects taxes for invalid or duplicate SSNs and so illegals working here generates revenues from those that probably won't be collecting social security or medicare.

As for learning English, schools teach English. They teach students subjects in other languages so that ESL students don't fall behind in all other subjects while learning English.

English is the official language of the US. Legal documents have to filed in English. But obviously for some naturalized immigrants English is a second language. So things like ballot measures should be available in whatever language so that the voter can fully understand the ballot issue. We have enough of a problem with ignorant voters so we should let voters read complicated legal language in the language of their choice.

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seeuski 3 years, 4 months ago

Well now we see the mindset of Scott, all is well. Not true Scott.

  1. Cost of illegals to Coloradans."Colorado Could Turn Budget Deficit Into Surplus If Illegal Aliens Deported" http://www.westernyouth.org/articles/colorado-could-turn-budget-deficit-into-surplus-if-illegal-aliens-deported/ I can find more sources as I am sure this source will be Alinsky'd. 2.Terrorists crossing? YES!!! http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438021/index.html 3.Reasons for coming here,EASY MONEY: They get bogus SS#'s and even after they flee back across the border they collect from OUR tax dollars. The illegal offspring student population in schools across the USA is rising and that is paid for with...our taxes. All medical and social welfare etc, our tax dollars. Sure, some come here for the obvious reasons, but some come here and we see them joining in on the protests and in the revolution that LaRaza(the race) a Marxist group is constantly organizing against the US and with the goal to return most of the SW US to Mexico, or whatever name they have for that territory.
  2. Are you ignorant to the amount of illegals in this country that speak ZERO English? Come on Scott, they have no desire or incentive to learn English because it is our politically correct habit to create an environment where they can live comfortably as if we were in their home Country. Press 1 for Espanol. Official forms in espanol etc. Shoot, the checkout at our groceria has Spanish speaking self checkout machines. Great!

Bottom line is Scott, we obviously are on the opposite side of this argument and I just wish our Federal Government enforced the laws of immigration and protected our sovereignty at the borders and anywhere we are vulnerable to criminal trespass.
I can provide more facts to bolster my arguments of what our costs are and other numbers, but I won't pay any attention to the Progressive bogus factcheck sites like factcheck or snopes or media matters or any of the other Soros funded sheep herders. Enjoy the weather my friend. As War sang: Why can't we be friends?

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seeuski 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh, and I can provide numerous crime stories and facts if you can't find them, one day you may find out how close to the border you actually are while becoming a statistic yourself. I posted a story here at least a year ago about a family in Potomac MD that was destroyed by an illegal, it was my Fathers Podiatrist who was murdered along with his two daughters, one of which was raped, the killer also killed his employer because he caught him in the act. How many people need to be hurt before people like you wake up? We can work on a better immigration system but that won't account for the louses that know they would never pass mustard who have no other option but to border jump. We are inviting catastrophe Scott, by not tending to our borders.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 4 months ago

I am agreeing that we should not allow illegal immigrants. I am merely arguing that focusing on the border and failing to significantly impede illegal work is an incredibly expensive and ineffective way of doing it.

I said the Feds make money off of illegal immigrants. I never said that state or local governments made money from it.

Still spouting that wingnut terrorists crossing the Mexican border theory? The same one that wingnuts have been claiming since 2001? So by now the terrorists should have been able to complete their missions. And these are apparently extra capable terrorists because when we've caught terrorists in the US, they had not crossed from Mexico.

What you seem to fail to understand is that government has limited resources and the money ineffectively spent enforcing the border cannot be used to effectively and quickly find SSN fraud from illegal workers.

And that the border fence and towers is as silly as the Maginot Line that was so expensive and useless protecting France. Just like the Maginot Line, the border fence is great for politicians seeking photo ops and so remains politically popular even as its effectiveness is a well known problem. Not hard to find where smugglers have created gaps in the fence.

It is so much more effective in rural areas to fly drones which can spot smugglers from where they crossed the border until when they are apprehended.

But US business interests like the environment of low cost immigrant workers pushing down overall labor costs and so pushes to retain the status quo and likes that the actions that are taken are ineffective.

So why are you so deeply in favor of costly and ineffective programs?

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seeuski 3 years, 4 months ago

Your opinion Scott, is your problem. You are unreasonable to yourself with such idiotic thought processes. You can ignore the truth but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. The facts are that many Aaaarabs have come across, and that the Border Patrol have found evidence of terrorists entering our southern border. Are you oblivious to these realities, you do have a talent for researching and providing what you believe to be evidence of your position but you would be better served by just looking for the truth and keeping your personal slant out of your research. Why argue such indefensible positions when you know the actual evidence is against you? Ideology!!!! I made my case on this subject many months ago when AZ passed SB1070 and stated what needed to be done at the border, it is not a fence or a tower, it is manpower and it is what the Federal Government is Constitutionally responsible for. But first the current POTUS needs to go and a true Conservative leader who will stand up to special interests like the Unions, who are fighting for illegal immigrants rights here. You keep blaming business but have you allowed an honest thought regarding who it is that we can see marching for their so called rights is? It is the Unions, LaRaza, SEIU and all the rest of the Progressives who have the reigns in the WH at this moment. That ends in 2012 and then maybe an honest discussion on immigration laws can be had, again. Happy Mothers Day Scott.

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blue_spruce 3 years, 4 months ago

Yeah - that's right seeuski - 2012 baby! I can't wait - our country will be in such good hands with Caribou Barbie!

PALIN 2012!!!

;-)

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, maybe some Arabs have crossed the southern border. But in the real world, not every Arab is a terrorist. And these terrorists crossing the southern border has been claimed to be a problem for 10 years. I guess these must be the extra special terrorists that never get caught and have such intricate plots that take decades to execute. Or are these the ones that fabricated Obama's birth certificate and the Honolulu newspapers birth notices?

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seeuski 3 years, 4 months ago

"Islamic Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert" http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/islamic-book-celebrating-suicide-bombers-found-in-arizona-desert/

"Terrorists Caught at Mexican Border" http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/terrorists-caught-at-mexican-border/

Fools we are, we are groped at the airports while trying to fly from here to there, but we bury our head in the sand at the obvious.

Enjoy your morning latte Scott, I am sure you need to reply to those who post about your letter. You can stop repeating yourself over here.

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kathy foos 3 years, 4 months ago

Are the other possible charges pending, for the employers of these people,They should be charged,even if it was a "mistake".Our country cannot deal with these little" mistakes",any longer ,it MUST be stopped.We are told the schools are broke,they wouldn't be, without the illegals I say.Same with the health care.and every aspect of our society.We have to take it on the chin , this blight of illegal workers,please make the employers belly up to this raunchy plate we are consuming.After all,employers are the only one that can control this situation and they must be responsible for what they are creating. Muslim people that are law abiding citizens are being persecuted because of the terrorists.The dope dealing business is not just the south americans ,this guy might work for a muslim terrorist,you cannot tell me that its not possible.Since up here there aren't many muslims but illegal south americans,I deduce that it is mailnly them bringing it up here,but who do they work for?This kind of bust happens all of the time all over this country.It is a plague.CLOSE THE BORDER. Please charge the employers. What ever you do,please don't let them go back to Mexico and continue this nightmare.Ive seen illegals commit murder in the next county over and get deported.Thats horrible.These people are sitting in jail now I bet thinking that they will be deported soon and can get on with their many choices of life.Is mom an dad in Mexico waiting to see their cocaine dealing kids back home soon.?Let them rot in jail just like you would an American for the same crime onl;y' add 20 years for crossing the border illegal.If they are actually punished like an american and go to prison,thats one less dealer off of the streets,Wonder how much suffering and death went along with that cocaine that they have?Who was beheaded in Mexico for that S---.Mexicans blame us for the drug deaths you know.So who is it up here that is willing to pay for all of that misery?Shame on you.

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kathy foos 3 years, 4 months ago

After reading some story's about the "narco culture" in mexico that spills over into the U.S.,(they worship dead drug dealers",Im thinking it is the mexican culture here in this country, that is consuming those drugs.

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hereandthere 3 years, 4 months ago

Where in the article did it say they were here illegaly?

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seeuski 3 years, 4 months ago

They are here illegally and this paper will never print that in an article. Period. Political correctness from a left slanting news source.

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