Two arrested on drug possession, sale charges in Center


CENTER — Two people were arrested for allegedly dealing drugs at a Center apartment complex on Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Center Police Department reported. 

Center Police Chief Dale Meek said a search warrant was served at noon on Tuesday at the Casa de Cortez Apartments, 751 Mussman Lane, Center. CPD was assisted by the Saguache County Sheriff's Office. 

The search warrant resulted from information gathered during five previous traffic stops that involved the suspected possession or sale of drugs, Chief Meek said. 

"Those stops, in addition to the input from anonymous sources in our community, resulted in a search warrant," Meek said. 

During the search, "dealer amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were found in the possession of two people along with drug scales, multiple prescription pills with no bottles, baggies for individual drug sales, syringes with heroin inside, empty syringes, counterfeit money, and EBT cards not belonging to the resident," Meek added. 

Several items of property were seized as they were believed to be stolen and or shoplifted. 

A third person had some prescription narcotics in her purse in the misdemeanor, user amount. She was summoned to court and released, Meek said. 

Mindy DeHerrera, 49, of Center, attempted to resist arrest and flush drugs down the toilet. She was arrested on suspicion of unlawful distribution of narcotics for methamphetamine and heroin, criminal possession of a financial device, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest. This was her second arrest involving the sale of drugs in the past two weeks, Meek said. 

Augustine Duran, 53, of Center, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful distribution of narcotics for methamphetamine and heroin. 

Danielle Espinosa, 37, of Center, was charged with suspicion of possession of a controlled substance — misdemeanor user amount. 

CPD Chief Meek said they will continue to crackdown on illegal drug use and sales in Center. 

"Our property crime is very low and each day officers are making improvements on the issues of narcotics use and abuse in our town," Meek said. "I can tell you that they are not done. Even as evidence is being processed this evening, more warrants and arrests are being planned." 

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