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According to police reports on Saturday a Colorado State Trooper confiscated nearly $150,000 in Methamphetamine during traffic stop just South of Trinidad. Two handguns drug paraphernalia and more than five pounds of crystal Methamphetamine was found in the vehicle. The suspected drug find occurred after the trooper stopped the vehicle because the driver, Michael Perez, 30 of Mesa Arizona allegedly was weaving in and out of traffic. The stop was made at milepost 11 on Interstate 25. After stopping the vehicle for the violation, the trooper observed both the driver and passenger, Thomas Ralston, 46 of Mesa Arizona were allegedly behaving nervously. Due to the behavior the trooper requested to search the vehicle and was given consent by the driver. According to police reports they reportedly were both arrested for possession of and intent to distribute a controlled substance. Perez was charged with possession of a weapon, driving while under the influence of drugs, no proof of insurance, and no driver‚€™s license. They were being held in the Las Animas County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
The Custer County Sheriff‚€™s Office along with Colorado Bureau of Investigation are investigating the mysterious death of a 20 year old woman in Westcliffe whose nude body was found on the grounds of the Horn Creek Christian Conference Center early Friday. The Custer County Coroner said the body of Natalie Drissell was found about 8am Friday by employees of the center. An autopsy failed to determine a cause of death. The victim‚€™s body appeared to have superficial bruises but none were severe enough to have caused her death. Alcohol has been ruled out, as a factor and toxicology tests for drugs are pending. Drissell was a summer employee of the Christian Center and had returned to spend Thanksgiving with friends. Center employees last saw her about midnight at a party the night before her body was discovered at an outdoor location on the Christian Center Grounds.
Record numbers of people most of the children are overwhelming local hospital emergency rooms and doctors‚€™ offices. Most doctors have double the number of cases they normally see. Through Monday the state health officials reported 4687 confirmed cases of the flu. The number grew by 730 cases since last Wednesday. The main focus now is to contain the virus as much as possible by getting flu vaccinations, washing hands for a minute frequently throughout the day, and disinfecting door knobs, sink faucets and toilet handles and other commonly handled surfaces with bleach and water. Also, staying home if you are ill or keeping sick children home from school is also recommended. Flu victims are contagious for eight days.
The U.S. Postal Service has announced the holiday mail deadlines. Deadlines for U.S. delivery by Christmas using regular mail and priority service for holiday cards, letters and packages going out of state by Saturday December 20 and instate destinations should be sent by Monday, December 22. After these dates you can express mail to many destinations. Holiday mail to U.S. Military Troops in Iraq is December 4 and other overseas U.S. Military locations December 11. Mail to other international countries should be sent by December 15. Express mail is also available to many locations after these dates.