Colorado men busted on cocaine delivery


April 11, 2019

Two Colorado men face a lengthy list of felony charges after being caught with a sizeable amount of cocaine in the vehicle they claimed to be driving to visit a friend in North Dakota.

On March 30, a Sheriff’s Office Deputy was patrolling I-90 when he observed a red SUV with Colorado plates traveling at 97 mph, above the posted 80 mph speed limit. The deputy initiated a traffic stop near the Wyoming border.

The deputy made contact with two males in the front seats. He notes in his affidavit that, while speaking to the driver, later identified as Paul Williams, passenger Aaron Gonzales began speaking for him and speaking quickly when talking about the SUV.

The deputy reports that the SUV was a rental, but neither Gonzales nor Williams had leased it. Gonzales allegedly stated his “friend” had leased it for him but did not have a copy of the contract.

Williams allegedly claimed that the two men were traveling from Denver to Bismarck, ND, to see a friend of Gonzales’, though he did not know his name. Williams also denied knowing the friend who rented the SUV.

According to the deputy’s affidavit, Williams met with Gonzales that morning and the two left Denver around noon, taking turns to drive in approximately two-hour cycles. Williams allegedly claimed he has known Gonzales “for a bit” and had worked a little with him.

Williams claimed Gonzales does electrical work and that Gonzales had asked him to travel with him and help with the driving. According to the deputy’s affidavit, Williams denied any knowledge of what was in the vehicle and said he had brought with him a plastic sack with pants and a jacket.

When asked how long the pair would be in Bismarck, Williams allegedly first stated until Sunday and later said until Thursday or Friday.

Dispatch advised the deputy that both individuals had revoked drivers licenses and Williams had a protection order against him. When asked, Williams allegedly stated he had no idea his license was revoked.

A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper arrived on scene and watched Williams while the deputy spoke with Gonzales. According to the affidavit, Gonzales gave the name of the friend who rented the vehicle and claimed he was heading to North Dakota to visit a friend and take him a stroller and baby seat, as well as help him do some jobs with flooring.

Williams gave consent for the vehicle to be searched. In the driver door storage area, the deputy allegedly observed a plastic container consistent with marijuana from a dispensary; inside, he observed a green leafy bud.

In the rear compartment, the deputy located a paper sack with a receipt for 14.05 g of Colins OG marijuana. He also found a gift sack, inside of which was a vacuum-sealed package containing a white substance and a zip lock bag.

Williams allegedly denied knowledge of the marijuana or vacuum-sealed package and denied any stops other than to get gas during the trip. Gonzales also denied knowledge of the marijuana and claimed the gift bag was for his friend in North Dakota along with the stroller and car seat, all of which had been given to him by another friend, and said he had not looked inside the gift bag.

Gonzales was placed under arrest. Williams again allegedly denied ownership of the controlled substances and was also placed in handcuffs.

The deputy interviewed Williams at the Sheriff’s Office. Williams allegedly continued to deny knowledge of the drugs and told the deputy that Gonzales had given him $100 when the trip began and promised him another $200 on arrival.

Williams stated he knew it was a “business” trip for Gonzales but had not asked any questions. The deputy had managed to ascertain that the marijuana was bought around 1:30 p.m. while Williams claimed that Gonzales had picked him up an hour before; Williams allegedly stated he had forgotten about that because they had just begun their trip.

A search of Williams’ phone revealed several messages from Gonzales about trips to North Dakota. In one message, Williams allegedly asks about the Colorado license plates and Gonzales states he has made the trip several times without issue and offers $300 to the first person who will commit to taking the trip.

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The deputy interviewed Gonzales. After the deputy questioned his story that he was driving all the way to Bismarck to lay some flooring and then return, Gonzales allegedly said he needed to make a phone call before deciding whether to provide information about who he was delivering for.

Gonzales requested to speak with the deputy again at 6:30 a.m. the next day. According to the deputy’s affidavit, he stated he had not made his phone call but had decided it would be better to come clean.

Gonzales allegedly admitted to three prior trips carrying product from Colorado to North Dakota; he does not know what the product is but it is always provided in a gift bag. He stated that Williams knew the reason for the trip.

The seized items were weighed at the Sheriff’s Office. The white substance in the vacuum-sealed package weighed 560 g with packaging and the marijuana from the driver door weighed 0.48 oz.

Testing of the white substance later revealed it to be cocaine.

Gonzales and Williams face felony charges of possession of cocaine; possession of cocaine with intent to deliver; conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver; conspiracy to possess cocaine.

They also face misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana; possession of marijuana with intent to deliver; conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver; conspiracy to possess a controlled substance. Williams has also been charged with driving with a revoked license.


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