Telluride Resident Arrested With Half Pound of Cocaine
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Daniel Guardado Marquez
Daniel Guardado Marquez
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Busted Within 1,000 Ft. of Telluride Middle/Intermediate/High School

TELLURIDE – On Wednesday, Feb. 5, agents of the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force arrested Daniel Guardaro-Marquez, 30, for unlawful distribution of nine ounces of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.

It is a class B felony, per federal law, to possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance on or within 1,000 feet of a school. Guardaro-Marquez faces a Drug Felony 1 charge, which, if convicted, he could face a mandatory minimum of eight years in prison and up to 32 years in prison, according to Assistant District Attorney Kari Yoder. Guardaro-Marquez could also face a mandatory fine between $5,000 and $1 million.

Guardaro-Marquez, a Mexican national living at the Shandoka Apartments, was arrested at 700 W. Colorado Ave., according to an arrest affidavit. The Drug Task Force used a confidential source to arrange an exchange for the cocaine who negotiated the $7,200 sale with Guardaro-Marquez.

The Drug Task Force had completed previous controlled purchases of one-eighth ounce of the drug from Guardaro-Marquez in October, and another one-half ounce on Feb. 4, 2014.

At 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 5, the source was dropped off near the area where the pre-arranged meeting was to occur and approached Guardaro-Marquez, who was waiting in a blue Chevy Impala. Through a covert transmitter, the source indicated the cocaine was present, and then provided Guardaro-Marquez with $2,000 in cash.

Guardaro-Marquez advised the source to retrieve the money owed, at which point Drug Task Force agents approached Guardaro-Marquez and placed him under arrest.

Agents found nine individually-wrapped bags of “a white powdery substance consistent with being cocaine.” Guardaro-Marquez is currently being held at the San Miguel County Jail, where he was booked and held on a $50,000 bond.



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February 10, 2014
Holy Cow...with cocaine comes guns and violence..just ask any Mexican national living in their own country ...the cocaine cartels are true killing machines..

In our political climate, though, this alleged crime probably entitles this suspect for citizenship, lower tuition, free or reduced cost medical care at Telmed..

Illegal drugs and their dealers are a scourge which should be addressed by our Town Council..but they are focused on paying for scam movies..

Thank you Task Force....