The people arrested earlier this week as part of a county-wide drug bust face numerous charges.

On Monday, Jan. 25, The 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and several other agencies including the Otero County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Inspector General’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado State Patrol, Crowley County Sheriff’s Office, Bent County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Ford Police Department, and La Junta Police Department, and the Rocky Ford Fire Department executed search warrants related to narcotics trafficking in the Rocky Ford area.

The locations searched, according to the Otero County Sheriff's Department, included 910 Washington Ave., 509 N. 10th St., 207 N. Sixth St., 702 Sandia Dr. apartment 57 and 704 N. Sixth St., all in Rocky Ford.

OCSO indicates the following people were arrested on Jan. 25. They are listed by name, age and charge: Isaac Sanchez, 30, distribution schedule I; Jessie Espinoza, 41, distribution schedule II (three counts); Jonathon Rivera, 26, distribution schedule I (four counts); Jose Ramirez-Reyes, 46, distribution schedule II (three counts); Michelle Freshour, 24, distribution schedule 1 (two counts) and schedule II; Pablo Lopez-Flores, 59, distribution schedule II (three counts); Robert Cordova, 59, distribution schedule I (two counts) and schedule II; Joshua Reyes, 24, distribution schedule II (two counts); Aaron Vigil, 27, warrant; Brooke Gregory, 22, FTA warrant; Brenden Chavez, 21, Otero County warrants; Maggie Lewis King, 31, distribution schedule II (two counts); Heron Vasquez-Garza, 63, warrant; Michael Herrera, 25, distribution schedule II.

The following people were arrested on Jan. 26. they are listed by name, age and charge: Cory Parker, 19, distribution schedule II and Perry Horn Jr., 34, distribution schedule II. The following people are currently not in custody but are facing charges: Joseph Sebio Rodriguez, 20, distribution schedule II (three counts) and Dennis Campos, 59, distribution schedule II (three counts).

On Monday, 11 arrests were made at the various locations, narcotics seized, and arrest warrants were issued. Officers from the Rocky Ford Police Department arrested three additional suspects later that afternoon, and deputies from the Otero County Sheriff’s Office arrested an additional two suspects in Rocky Ford and Manzanola, bringing the total number of arrests to 16 for the operation.

The endeavor included 57 officers from the various jurisdictions affected by the drug trade throughout the Arkansas Valley and including the correctional facilities, and was the largest joint operation conducted in this area to the knowledge of Sheriff Shawn Mobley, who was incident Commander of the operation. Department heads from the involved agencies formed the incident command team, which included Otero County Sheriff Shawn Mobley, Bent County Sheriff Dave Encinias, Crowley County Sheriff John "Smokey" Kurtz, Chief Mickey Bethel of the Rocky Ford Police Department, Chief Todd Quick of the La Junta Police Department, and Captain Tim Knabenshue of the Colorado State Patrol, which helped coordinate the large-scale operation.

Law enforcement reminds people that the mere fact that a warrant has been issued does not suggest or imply that the person named in the warrant is guilty of any crime or offense; and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.