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ACET arrests 2 during drug bust Tuesday in Steamboat

Suspects accused of selling $5,400 of meth to undercover cop

Zach Fridell

— The All Crimes Enforcement Team on Tuesday arrested two people suspected of bringing methamphetamine from Denver and selling it in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

ACET officers, in cooperation with Steamboat Springs Police Department officers, arrested 42-year-old Valerie Ruth Guevara, of Craig, and 25-year-old Raymond Anthony Gonzales, of Denver, for allegedly selling $5,400 worth of meth to an undercover officer.

Guevara, who also reportedly goes by Valerie Farley, and Gonzales were charged with distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and money laundering. Both are felonies. ACET Commander Garrett Wiggins said a money laundering charge can be added to almost any arrest involving a drug deal.

Wiggins said Tuesday's ar­­rests represented the culmination of a monthlong investigation, and he said there could be more arrests as a result of the bust. He declined to provide more information because he said some of the arrests could involve juvenile suspects. He also said he was finalizing the charges against Guevara and Gon­zales and that additional charges could be added before their cases head to court.

Wiggins said Gonzales reportedly sold the drugs to Guevara, who then sold them to an undercover officer. He said the $5,400 was for 3 ounces of meth. At $1,800 per ounce, Wiggins said that's more expensive than gold, which listed Wednesday at about $1,200 per ounce.

The deal reportedly took place in Steamboat, and the two were arrested on Whistler Road.

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Guevara and Gonzales re­­­mained in custody at the Routt County Jail on Wednesday evening.

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