Undercover operation nets cocaine bust in Basalt
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office announced today that deputies arrested Oscar Torres-Mora, age 38 of Basalt and Jesus Cruz-Mata, age 25, of Aspen, for suspicion of selling cocaine.
Two detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation in the area and, while parked in the parking lot of Taqueria El Nopal off of Two Rivers Road in Basalt, the investigators claim they observed a cocaine transaction between Torres-Mora and Cruz-Mata.
Authorities arrested the two men and allegedly recovered 15 grams of cocaine worth about $700 on the street. The men are expected to be charged with felony possession and distribution of a schedule II narcotic. Torres-Mora and Cruz-Mata, who the Eagle County Sheriff's Office suspects are here illegally from Mexico, are being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility with $50,000 bonds and Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds.
Last summer, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office arrested 20 people and confiscated 1.6 pounds of cocaine at the conclusion of a five-month investigation in the Roaring Fork Valley. The agency has since made other drug arrests in the area, including a pair of men authorities nabbed in El Jebel three months ago who were also charged with selling cocaine.
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