An undercover drug sting in Colorado Springs lands seven suspects in jail. One apparently had his 14-month-old daughter with him in the car when the alleged cocaine deal was set to happen.
The undercover deal for an ounce of cocaine was made around 11 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant on the 500 block of Airport Creek Point.
Four people were arrested at that scene by the city's Vice squad. Police say the suspects arrived in two difference vehicles. 20-year-olds Jacob Paladino and Joshua Morgan were in one car, while 19-year-old Jeremy Madrid and 22-year-old David Arthur showed up in another car. After the transaction, all four were arrested, and police found Arthur's 14-month-old daughter in the car with them, along with marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
A .25 caliber handgun was also found in the car, the possession of Jeremy Madrid.
Paladino and Morgan were charged with Unlawful Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Cocaine. Arthur was charged with Child Abuse and Unlawful Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, cocaine and Madrid was charged with Child Abuse and Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.
Police say after the bust, they then acted on search warrants at the homes of two of the suspects, an apartment at 335 Vehr Drive where Paladino lived, and a 1314 Clemson Drive. Inside the apartment, police say they seized 77.3 grams of marijuana and $1,084 in currency.
At the Clemson Dr residence, detectives contacted and arrested another person, 26-year-old Jessie Anaya, for Conspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 23-year-old Rochelle Trujillo was also arrested at that address, for Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Detectives also seized 15.1 grams of cocaine, 14 marijuana plants, a .22 caliber handgun and .20 gauge shotgun along with $3,669 in cash.
Another woman, 42-year-old Tammy Arellano, was also arrested at the Clemson residence for three unrelated felony and two misdemeanor warrants.
In total, detectives were able to get 81 grams of cocaine, 165 grams of marijuana, 14 marijuana plants and three firearms off the street. The value for the drugs is estimated at nearly $23,000. $4,753.00 in cash was also confiscated, as were the suspect vehicles.