Two Grand Junction men arrested Tuesday

Drugs, cash, defaced weapon seized at traffic stop


Two Grand Junction men came to Moffat County to deliver a friend for a court date. The duo ran into their own trouble with the law Tuesday.

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office reported that a traffic stop at 8:45 a.m. near the Moffat County Courthouse resulted in the arrest of two suspects -- a 35-year-old and a 17-year-old -- and the confiscation of $1,600 in cash, a handgun with the serial number filed off and allegedly 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.


Police also seized their vehicle, a grey Ford Explorer.

The driver of the vehicle, Jason Harold O'Connor, was booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of drugs, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, unlawfully permitting a juvenile to possess a gun, driving under restraint, windows obstructed and no insurance.

O'Connor was released from the jail after posting $10,000 bond, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The second male, a 17-year-old considered a juvenile, was booked on charges of possession of drugs, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a handgun by a juvenile.

The 17-year-old was transported to the Grand Mesa Youth Care Center in Grand Junction.

Sgt. Rick Holford, of the Sheriff's Office, said the 17-year-old will answer to the Moffat County charges once his Mesa County case is settled.

In other news:

A Craig Police Department investigation continues into an alleged attempted kidnapping and sexual assault of a 13-year-old female Craig Middle School student.

"We are still checking on leads," detective Ken Johnson said.

The Police Department received a report Feb. 25 that the student was accosted in an incident near the school earlier in the month, on Feb. 9. The suspect, described as a male with dark complexion possibly 30 to 35 years old, pushed the girl into his car and tried to sexually assault her.

The student was able to fight off her attacker.

Anyone with information in the case is to report it to the police department at 826-2367, 826-2368 or 826-2384. Anonymous tips may also be reported through CrimeStoppers at 824-3535.

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