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Three busted in WPD meth house raid Oct. 1

WALSENBURG — Three people were arrested October 1 when Walsenburg police served an early morning search warrant at a home located at 111 West Spruce Street. Acting on information obtained by eye witnesses who said dope was being sold from the home, police obtained a search warrant and then raided the home at approximately 1 am last Thursday and arrested Esequiel (aka Raymond) Lujan, 77; Christopher Martinez, 40; and Angelica Montez, 35. Montez was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and was held on a $2,500 c/s bond on Oct. 1 and was released on bond Oct. 4. The police department’s K9 alerted on a substance in Montez’s purse, leading to her arrest. Martinez and Lujan were charged with distribution and manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. Martinez was released on bond Oct. 4 and Lujan was still housed in the Huerfano County Jail as of Oct. 6. Bond for both Martinez and Lujan was set at $5,000 c/s. All of the charges are felony counts. WPD Captain Vince Suarez said in addition to the drugs, which were found hidden in a freezer , and nearly $1,000 in cash, police also seized

drug paraphernalia including scales, packaging material and dope pipes. He said while police found realistic-looking bb guns in the home, those items, along with a number of knives stashed around the house were not seized. Suarez said all officers involved in the raid made safe entry into the home and all of the suspects were taken into custody without incident. Police said this week the investigation into meth distribution in Walsenburg continues. Sheriff’s Office makes marijuana arrest On October 1, 2015 the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant below the Sheep Mountain area and seized approximately 540 marijuana plants. Joshua Hertel, 51, was arrested in connection with the illegal grow operation and was charged with illegal cultivation and was being held in the Huerfano County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond as of October 6.