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.