Sheriff's Office: Drug dealer busted in Pueblo

From left to right mugshots: Michael Vigil, Brianna Romero and Christopher Salazar. Photos courtesy Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office recovered more than $10,000 worth of drugs, half a dozen weapons and thousands of dollars from a hotel Wednesday afternoon.

Three people were arrested in the bust, including one person authorities caught on camera dealing drugs. Detectives began surveillance on a room at Motel 6 at 4103 N. Elizabeth St. after receiving a tip of narcotics trafficking at that location. During surveillance, detectives saw a man leave the motel room and make several hand-to-hand transactions before returning to the room. Detectives watched these transactions take place every five to 10 minutes for more than two hours. Pueblo Police Narcotics Detectives assisted with the operation.

After obtaining a search warrant, they made contact with five people. While searching the room detectives found heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocybin also known as mushrooms and multiple types of prescription medication, along with equipment typically used in the packaging and selling of drugs. Detectives also found six firearms, including two that were reported stolen, and more than $2,700 in cash.

Michael Vigil, 36, was identified as the man who made all of the hand-to-hand transactions. He was arrested for two counts of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I substance, four counts each of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II and schedule IV substance; special offender, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and two warrants for failure to appear.

Brianna Romero, 21, was arrested for two counts of possession with intent to distribute a schedule I substance, four counts each of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II and schedule IV substance; special offender, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and two fugitive of justice warrants.

Detectives also arrested Christopher Salazar, 22, who was found with a concealed handgun in his waistband, for possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

The two other people contacted were released without charges. The sheriff's office says the motel employees were not aware of the illegal activity and were cooperative with the sheriff's office.