Two Garfield County men were arrested last week in connection with a motel party involving methamphetamine, cocaine and at least three underage girls.
On the evening of April 20, a 26-year-old man contacted Glenwood Springs police concerned that his 17-year-old cousin had been missing all day. She had posted a photo of herself holding a whisky bottle in a motel room that the man believed to be in the Silver Spruce Motel.
While police were on their way to the motel, the man called in again saying he’d contacted her over the phone and that she was “tripping on meth,” according to an affidavit.
In the background he heard a man say, “Don’t give him the room number” and urging her to meet her cousin at a car dealership.
A motel employee told officers what room they suspected, saying numerous people had been coming and going and the room had several noise complaints.
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old man called police again saying he’d picked up his cousin.
Officers arrived and tried to talk to the girl, but she seemed too much under the influence to talk, wrote one officer. She appeared paranoid, unable to sit still and kept pulling at her hair. She was taken to Valley View Hospital, where she tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
She later said she had snorted meth, which she told police she got from Jose Salvador Medrano, a 33-year-old from Carbondale. She also told police she’d gotten methamphetamine from Abran Gutierrez, a 19-year-old Rifle man.
At the hotel, offices found the room empty with Modelo bottles strewn about. Medrano, who rented the room, had also rented out another, said the hotel staff.
In the second room police found Medrano and a female he said was his girlfriend. She claimed to be 23, but police later found she was 17. Both of them displayed signs of intoxication, wrote police.
The 17-year-old was issued a summons for minor in possession and was released to her mother.
The man told police that he didn’t know she was only 17, that she was not his girlfriend and that he was just spending the night with her.
He was arrested.
Later, after trying to get back into the motel room, the 19-year-old Gutierrez was pulled over driving away from the Silver Spruce.
In the car with him were a 16-year-old girl listed as a missing juvenile from Carbondale and two other males who were released. The girl had also been at the motel and was transported to her residence and released to her mother.
In the vehicle, police found about 9.8 grams of methamphetamine, a half-gram of cocaine and a glass pipe.
Medrano was arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; violation of bail, a class 6 felony; and misdemeanor violation of a restraining order.
Gutierrez’s charges included distribution of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony; possession of cocaine, a level 4 drug felony; and misdemeanor driving under revocation.