On April 21, the Delta County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in relation to drug activity at a home located at 105 Dodge Street, Delta. Agencies assisting with the search warrant included the Montrose County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, the Delta Police Department and the 7th Judicial Drug Task Force.
Delta County investigators obtained information that Francisco Abeyta, 32, was distributing drugs from the 105 Dodge Street address. At approximately 11 a.m., the Delta County Sheriff's Office executed the warrant. Abeyta along with Angel Padilla, 26, and a small child approximately 3-4 years old were encountered in the home.
During the search, investigators located and seized a large amount of suspected methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription pills (Oxycotin) and marijuana, along with several stolen guns and other stolen items. Christina Hernandez, 51, was located in a camp trailer on the property. Hernandez was wanted on a felony warrant for check fraud out of Montrose County. She was arrested and transported to the Delta County Jail.
Francisco Abeyta and Angel Padilla were not arrested at the time of the warrant, however charges will be filed against the two soon.
"This was a good example of a collaborated effort between all agencies involved, not only removing dangerous drugs from our community but locating and returning several stolen items to their rightful owner," said Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor.
"Sheriff Fred McKee and I would also like to commend the Delta County investigators who obtained the information and made this case a priority in the fight against dangerous drugs in our community and the other crimes associated with those dangerous drugs."
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.