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Two suspects in possession of firearms and 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine were arrested Tuesday in Montrose County.

The two were driving a vehicle near the Montrose/Delta county line when they were pulled over in a traffic stop. They were eventually arrested, and when officers searched the vehicle they found the suspected drugs along with 11 firearms, some of which were stolen and most of which were loaded. The drugs and the firearms were taken as evidence.

The two suspects are Swayde Jones, 35, of Delta, who was driving the vehicle, and Michael Brown, 27, of Cedaredge.

According to a 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force release, the two were arrested and charged with various drug and weapons offenses.


After the arrests, warrants were issued and officers with the task force searched a storage unit in Montrose where the two had been spotted before their arrests. The release states officers found drug paraphernalia, more suspected methamphetamine and two more firearms including a sawed off shotgun.

“They were under surveillance by the task force and at the time they were traveling back and forth and were observed at a storage locker,” San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said. “We had information that they were in possession of stolen firearms and one particular firearm stolen out of Norwood. They were watching these suspects pretty closely.”

Brown was just arrested last weekend in Delta for possession of around 30 grams of methamphetamine and was out on bond, according to Sgt. Tyler Wallace with the taskforce. Though details about specific charges were not available at press time, Jones is facing the majority of them. The two are now incarcerated in Montrose County and their bond is set at $250,000 each.   

Masters said the case will be prosecuted in Montrose County. The investigation of the case extends through Montrose, Delta and San Miguel counties, Masters said. 

The arrests are the latest in a string of gun-and-drug related incidents in Montrose County. On Monday The Montrose Daily Press reported that Montrose County sheriffs deputies responded to a residence on a domestic violence call. When they approached the residence on E81 Road, resident Kent Calhoun began firing at the officers. One of the officers was shot twice, but was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and is reported to be in stable condition. Calhoun was later found dead in his home.


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