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11 Arrested For Drug Dealing After Sting Operation

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Nearly a dozen people were arrested in southern Colorado Wednesday for selling drugs.

Ten people were picked up in Trinidad, while another was arrested in Pueblo. Five more suspects remain at large.

Officers credit undercover sting operations conducted from September to December of last year for leading to these arrests. The Trinidad Police Department said during that time, cocaine, heroin, meth and various types of narcotic pills were purchased throughout Trinidad.

“This is the first time we have done drug operations back to back. I think that starting this operation so quickly after ending the last one kept people guessing,” Police Chief Charles Glorioso said in a statement. “The Police Department will continue to work at removing drugs from our community. It is an on-going battle and it will remain a priority for this year.”

Sixteen people were also arrested in a similar sting operation in August 2012.

The following suspects were arrested Wednesday:

-Charlene Kay Villani, 66. Charges: 4 counts distribution of schedule II controlled substance (Pills and Cocaine), class 3 felony – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

-Nicole Hernandez, 35. Charges: 3 counts distribution of schedule II controlled substance (Meth), class 3 felony – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

-Randy Sanchez, 35. Charges: 3 counts distribution of schedule II controlled substance (Meth), class 3 felony
Special offender – 3 counts distribution of controlled substance in a public park or public housing, SE – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

-Vincent Tafoya, 44. Charges: 2 counts distribution of schedule II controlled substance, class 3 felony – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

-Jeffery Daniel Guzzo, 28. Charges: 4 counts distribution schedule I controlled substance (Heroin), class 3 felony – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

-Joseph Reyes, 66. Charges: 2 counts distribution schedule II controlled substance (Cocaine), class 3 felony; 1 count conspiracy to distribute schedule II controlled substance, class 3 felony – Bond set at $100,000 cash only

-Christopher Paul Huffine, 22. Charges: 3 counts distribution schedule II controlled substance (Meth), class 3 felony
Special Offender - 2 counts distribution of controlled substance school grounds or public park, SE – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

-Virginia Rino, 31. Charges: 1 count distribution schedule II controlled substance (Pills), class 3 felony
Special Offender – 1 count distribution controlled substance Public Housing, SE – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

-Jeffery Skylar Robinson, 22. Charges: 2 counts distribution schedule II controlled substance (Meth), class 3 felony
Special Offender – 2 counts distribution of controlled substance Public Housing/Park, SE – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

-Julian Domingo Vigil, 36. Charges: 3 counts distribution schedule II controlled substance (Cocaine), class 3 felony – Bond set at $100,000 cash only

-Darren Mondragon, 40. Charges: 1 count distribution of schedule II controlled substance (Cocaine), class 3 felony – Bond set at $50,000 cash only

Police have arrest warrants for Shelby Violante, 24; Brandon Hernandez, 35; Amanda Montoya, 33; Anthony Medina, 35; Carla Riggins, 52 .

If you have any information on these remaining suspects, call the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846-4441 or call the tip line at 719-845-TIPS. You can also e-mail your tip to tips@trinidad.co.gov


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