DA files charges in connection with Monday's alleged drug raid


The District Attorney's office Tuesday filed charges against at least four people arrested in Monday's drug raids -- including one at-large suspect.

Several were released after posting bond at the Moffat or Routt County jails.

Prosecutors filed nine felony charges against 37-year-old Benito Gomez Medrano, including

four counts each of possession and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance, and a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The arrest warrant for Gomez Medrano and three others in custody or sought in the case

remain sealed by Judge Mary Lynne James. They would

remain so until "attorneys are involved" with each charged, James said.

Gomez Medrano, who was being held at the Moffat County Jail on charges unrelated to Monday's events, has been described by police as an alleged leader of an area drug "organization."

He's being held at the jail on $250,000 bond on Tuesday's


A bond hearing set Tuesday was rescheduled for this afternoon because a Spanish-language translator was unavailable.

Two others arrested Monday -- Luis Alcantar Burciaga, 26, and Ignacio Rodriguez, 56 -- were released Tuesday after posting bond at the Moffat County Jail.

Rodriguez also has been charged with felony possession and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance.

Charges still had not been

filed against Alcantar Burciaga Tuesday.

Rodriguez' arrest affidavit alleges that he sold 39 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover

officer for $650 -- an incident recorded by the officer with a concealed devise.

Roberto Loya, 26, also has been charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance, while an eight-count felony complaint alleging similar charges has been filed against 22-year-old Anthony Rossi, who was arrested in Hayden Monday.

Rossi is being held at the Routt County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Nathaniel Douglas, 24, was released from the same facility Monday on $5,000 bond.

Dwight Murphy, with the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, would not discuss the case.

Craig authorities have said more arrests related to Monday's operation, which involved 40 officers who executed three search warrants, are expected.

Police haven't arrested Vicente Gomez Medrano, who was charged Tuesday in a six-count felony complaint alleging possession and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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