Undercover operation nets cocaine bust in Basalt

By Real Aspen
Real AspenSeptember 8, 2010

Oscar Torres-Mora

An ongoing undercover drug operation in the mid-valley has netted two more suspects for the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

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.

Jesus 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.

comments: 1 Comment on "Undercover operation nets cocaine bust in Basalt"

glenwoodsprings22 – Sept. 18, 2010, at 7:10 a.m.

I wonder if Dalessandri/Winters were the tipsters on this.

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