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Pueblo Sheriff's Office announces drug, theft bust

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 17 2014 12:26:23 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 18 2014 12:16:28 AM CST

Drug, burglary ring busted in Pueblo county. Joe Dominguez reports.

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says it has arrested six people and recovered drugs and stolen property in a large bust that started with a search warrant.

The Sheriff's Office says its Narcotics Unit and SWAT team executed a search warrant at two homes on a property in the 6200 block of Highway 78 West on January 2, 2014.  The Sheriff's Office says it confiscated over three ounces of methamphetamine, a stolen truck, a stolen 4-wheeler, a stolen weapon and tools needed to package large amounts of meth while executing that warrant. Steve Tuttle, 60, was arrested that day and Billy Soto, 23, and Jeffery Hannah, 51 were later arrested.

The Sheriff's Office says Information obtained during that search led the same Narcotics and SWAT members to serve a new warrant on an adjacent property. It says an excessive amount of marijuana, methamphetamine, stolen property and stolen vehicles were recovered during that search. Three additional people were arrested. They have been identified as James Medina, 60, Jessie Medina, 29, and Jerri Halley, 49.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says that the Pueblo Police Department also obtained a warrant to search the property and found evidence linking it to recent burglaries in the city.

"A lot of times what we see is that it runs hand-in-hand -- drug distribution cases and theft cases," said Lt. John Pannunzio.

Pannunzio said guns were also found on the properties.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor was present during the search. “We recovered over $70,000 in stolen property here, just one of these trucks is valued at $40,000. These narcotics and SWAT personnel are quiet dedicated professionals who work hard, ask for little, and get the job done. They certainly demonstrated that during the investigations into these properties and these individuals.” says Taylor.

Deputies are still looking for 37-year-old Leslie Miller-Acosta.  She has a $75,000 warrant for possession and intent to distribute charges as well as a special offender charge.

Miller-Acosta lived in one of the homes off Highway 78. Pannunzio said she hasn't been back since the first raid.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office at 719-583-6250.

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