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Drug task force makes another arrest after meth found in car

— The All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force on Friday arrested a 31-year-old Craig woman who is suspected of possessing 170.1 grams of methamphetamine.

Officers found the meth in Kelsie Lee Jolley’s vehicle following a Feb. 16 traffic stop on Rabbit Ears Pass.

The driver of the vehicle, Duane E. Newton, was arrested following the stop after he told officers 28.8 grams of meth found in the car behind the driver seat was his.

Newton said Jolley, who was in the vehicle with her 4-year-old daughter at the time, did not know about the drugs.

Newton said he was purchasing and selling drugs to get by after losing his job.

The vehicle is registered to both Jolley and Newton.

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The vehicle was towed, and a more thorough search of the car the next day turned up an additional 141.3 grams of meth that was in a box hidden in the trunk of the vehicle behind the trunk liner.

Offices also found paraphernalia, as well as Pringles and Arizona Iced Tea cans officers think were being used to store drugs.

“Due to the amount of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and containers commonly used to hide narcotics located throughout the car, it is believed that Jolley was consciously aware of all of the methamphetamine,” an officer wrote in Jolley’s arrest affidavit.

Jolley was arrested and booked into the Routt County Jail Friday morning on suspicion of possessing the methamphetamine with the intention of distributing it.

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