Ridgway Man Busted for Possession of Methamphetamine and Illegal Firearms
by By Samantha Wright
Jun 01, 2013 | 2728 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RIDGWAY – Law enforcement officers from three agencies arrested a Ridgway man this week for possession of methamphetamine which he allegedly had been obtaining through the mail.

Eugene Perkins, 58, was arrested at his home in the 8000 block of Highway 62 without incident on Wednesday, May 29. The arrest was the culmination of a month-long cooperative investigation that included the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office (a federal law enforcement agency), and the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office.

It all began with a tip from a community member.“We received some information that Mr. Perkins was involved with illegal drug activity,” Ouray County Undersheriff B.B. Burke said. “Part of our investigation led us to the fact that drugs were being delivered, transported, and received through the mail.”

The three agencies executed a search warrant at Perkins’ residence on Wednesday, where they found Perkins to be in possession of over eight grams of methamphetamine. Officers also seized several firearms from the residence, which Perkins, a previously convicted felon, may not legally possess. 

Perkins was “cooperative and nonresistant” at the time of arrest, Burke said.  He was interviewed, and then booked into Montrose County Jail on multiple charges filed by the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force, including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Firearms by a Felon, and other Special Offender charges related to the amount, and method of receiving, the methamphetamine.Bail has been set at $25,000.

According to Burke, methamphetamine drug busts are uncommon in Ouray County. “We don’t have them very often,” he said. “But we will initiate an investigation on any information given to us about any drug activity. We want to send a message to the community, that we will not tolerate illegal drug activity of any kind in Ouray County.”

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