Drug bust in Rangely

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RANGELY | A traffic stop on I-70 March 5 resulted in the discovery of approximately 1.9 pounds of methamphetamine at a residence in Rangely.

According to a press release from the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol officers stopped a rental sedan westbound near milepost 17 on I-70 Friday, March 5. The male driver “gave vague and inconsistent statements about his travel,” and “exhibited behavior based on the troopers’ training and experience as being consistent with criminal activity.”

Personal use amounts of methamphetamine were found on the driver’s person during a weapons pat down, and a shipping label for a package sent from California to Rangely was found in the vehicle. The package was to be delivered March 5.

After obtaining a state warrant, a search of the residence listed on the shipping label resulted in the discovery of the package, methamphetamine, a scale, packaging materials and a firearm.

According to the press release, the operation was a success due to the collaboration of multiple state and local law enforcement entities, including Colorado State Patrol, Rangely Police Department, Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Rio Blanco County District Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.