336 drivers stopped in Mesa County weekend crackdown

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Police found 92 pounds of marijuana they said was packaged for distribution. (Credit: CSP)

DENVER — An aggressive law enforcement crackdown in Mesa County yielded 106 traffic tickets, 92 pounds of illegal marijuana, eight DUIs, four captured fugitives and two recovered stolen vehicles, police reported.

Between Friday morning and Saturday night, the Colorado State Patrol, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and police departments from Grand Junction and Fruita pulled over 336 motorists in a heavy show of force.

Police also discovered one stolen pistol and one hidden compartment officers believe may have previously been used to smuggle meth.

About 290 drivers were given warnings for diving and other minor violations.

“With our law enforcement partners in Mesa County, troopers made a focused effort to protect Colorado motorists, while holding accountable those who would endanger them,” State Patrol Maj. Matt Packard said in a statement. “We are determined to cease the use of our roadways in the furtherance of criminal activity and unsafe behaviors.”