Man from Tijuana arrested in Colorado with 40 pounds of meth

According to traffic stop along Interstate 70 on Wednesday March 7 netted 40 pounds of methamphetamine, allegedly stuffed into the spare tire of an SUV headed east near the Colorado-Utah border.

Gilberto Ivan Olivera, who prosecutors said lives in Tijuana, BC Mexico, was behind the wheel of the SUV stopped along I-70, and he was advised Thursday March 8 on charges including unlawful possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

Crystal meth (Photo: Archive)

Colorado State Patrol troopers who initiated the traffic stop and eventual arrest said a records check for Olivera shows he was arrested in 2014 for having more than 14 pounds of methamphetamine in the fuel tank of the vehicle he was trying to get across a border checkpoint.

Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said in court that Olivera was a free man when he was stopped Wednesday because charges in his previous case were dropped, apparently because Olivera offered his assistance in other drug prosecutions.

A judge issued a $50,000 cash-only bond in Olivera’s case on Thursday and set his return date for March 23.

Original by DUFFY HAYES :

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