Task force arrests five

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— The All Crimes Enforcement Team, formerly known as GRAMNET, conducted three search warrants Thursday in Craig that resulted in five drug-related arrests.

Two search warrants were executed about 11 p.m. at the Frontier Apartment Complex and the other on the 500 block of First Avenue West.

Four suspects - Ana Quintana, 22, Lionel Pavia, 29, Argel Bustillos, 27, and Salvador Carranza Ruiz, 41 - were arrested at the Frontier complex. They were booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of cultivation/production of marijuana, and distribution/manufacturing/dispensing/selling/possessing with intent to sell marijuana.

They are currently being held on Immigration Customs Enforcement, or ICE, holds, the All Crimes Enforcement Team reported.

Tim Michael Martin, 24, was arrested at the 500 block of First Avenue West address.

He was booked into the jail on charges of cultivation/production of marijuana and distribution/manufacturing/dispensing/selling/possessing with intent to sell marijuana. He is being held in the jail on $10,000 bond.

"The search warrants are the result of several lengthy illegal drug distribution investigations by ACET investigators," task force commander Garrett Wiggins wrote in a press release announcing the arrests.

"These investigations removed yet to be quantified amounts of cocaine and marijuana from the streets of our community."

The search warrants were completed in a joint effort with the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Steamboat Springs Police Department, ICE and the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

• Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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frontier555 7 years, 2 months ago

Let me first introduce myself! My name is Brandi Cole and I am the Leasing Agent/ Manager for Frontier Apartments. I have held this position for almost a year. The new owners hired me to assist them with cleaning up the place and making it a community that people can be safe and comfortable in. I will not lie, this has been one of the hardest jobs I have ever taken on and it has many aspects to it that outside people who ,have never mananged rental property, will never understand. The removal of these people is not as easy as one may think since there are laws and contracts that protect them. They are knowledgable of their rights and know how to fly under the raidar. I have eliminated illigal activity every opportunity that I have gotten. My discussions with local law enforcment has ensured me that the property has improved by leaps and bounds. It is my job to ensure the community that it will continue to change for the better of our community. There is no reason for these building to be condemned and torn down. With the rental housing shortage that we have in this community this building already serves a useful purpose. What theses buildings need are people that care about their community to step in and have the patience to turn them around. You are more then welcome to come by and take a property tour at any time and I would love to show you the improvements that have been made. Your assumptions of this property are strictly from the past and you obviously do not know that there is now new managment as well as new ownership (which work on a frequent basis with the local law enforcment). I would like to make it known that Frontier Apartments does not condone or pramote illigal activity. Frontier Apartments has zero tolernce for illigal activities and a strict policy that any one caught commiting illigal activities will be immediatly notified of lease termination and the eviction procedure will be started.

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frontier555 7 years, 2 months ago

Dear Native, I understand your concern! I have the same concerns when it comes to illigal activities and the immigration issues within our community. I do a background check on each and every applicant that passes my interview process. The tenants that have been involved with this case and arrested were tenant that were retained before I came became Manager for Frontier Apartments. I have patiently stood in waiting until I could leagally remove those that should not be here. Contracts that were signed before my employment here has bound me to do so. As you have stated you "lived" across the steet from Frontier and there "was" always something going on. So you wouldn't know that out of 39 units we only have 12 units with hispanic occupancy which is down from 33 when I took this position almost a year ago. Many of Frontiers tenants are good upstanding citizens of Craig. Most are known and proven legal citizens of the US. They would have to dissagree with your hypothisis that we are a slum. I encourage you to come by and take a tour of the building. You might be surprised at the changes that have occured since you "lived" across the steet.

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frontier555 7 years, 2 months ago

I would like to clarify a couple of things that I have stated in the above statement. Many of the hispanic families that occupy the complex are good families that I feel benifit the community. They are families that I hope will make Frontier their home for many years. My point is that we have had a large turn around rate in order to remove any one that may not abide by the law. I feel that the point in this case is not illigal immigration. The point is the illigal activity and as I have stated, I have zero tolerance for illigal activity (no matter who you are). I would also like to state that it is not the complexes fault that these people do not abide by the law. It would be the individuals fault for not abiding by them. When you point your finger at the complex or landlord then you take the blame away from who it truely belongs to and that is the criminal.

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