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Tipton on task force to battle opioid abuse epidemic

WASHINGTON – This week, the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic is holding a panel in Washington to hear from families who have been impacted by heroin addiction. Rep. Scott Tipton,...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Sheriff’s blotter

Thursday, Sept. 22 10:36 a.m. : A deputy assisted Cortez police in recovering a vehicle that had been reported stolen and found a suspect in a residence in the 16400 block of County Road 26. 4:23...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: For the record

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Industry uses 50-state strategy to weaken drug laws

The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Sheriff: 'This is just the beginning' of drug problem

Montezuma County has seen six drug-related overdoses this year, including two within a week in August.But this is just the beginning, Sheriff Steve Nowlin said. Heroin has arrived in Southwest...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Montezuma deputies chase down criminals on foot

“Suspect fleeing on foot!” has crackled over the police scanner more than a few times recently. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin reports a surge of wanted criminals and suspects who choose to...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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SW Colorado town curbs pain pill abuse; heroin use grows

In December 2014, as snow clung to the San Luis Valley in southwestern Colorado, four babies delivered by nurses in the community came screaming into the community that month tested positive for...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Police Blotter

Wednesday, July 20 8:11 a.m. : Two bicycles were reported stolen from Community Connections, in the 300 block of S. Pine St. 9:40 a.m. : A woman reported that someone had sprayed paint inside a...

DATE: July 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: For the record

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Heroin traffic travels at greater speed in the West

Heroin enters the West like blood through veins. The heart, down in Mexico, pumps out its illicit products in cars headed north through small border towns like Antelope Wells, New Mexico. As...

DATE: June 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Sheriff: Marijuana makes Colorado a source for traffickers

Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin says an increase in drug trafficking in the area is a result of Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana. “Colorado has become a source state for...

DATE: May 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Pain pills give rise to heroin in West

In March, a batch of illegally made fentanyl, a potent opiate used to treat extreme pain, began making its way through the streets in Sacramento County, Central California. A clear liquid estimated...

DATE: April 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Three arrested in Durango during drug ring investigation

A nine-month investigation resulted in three arrests and the seizure of about $1.3 million in methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in La Plata County. The Southwest Drug Task Force announced the...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Woman, 66, gets 4 years in meth case

A 66-year-old woman was sentenced to four years in prison this week after being convicted of importing more than $15,000 of crystal meth into Cortez. “I’m just overwhelmed,” the defendant Darlene...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news