Working in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Colorado State Patrol, Eagle County Special Operations Unit and Eagle County Animal Control, the GRANITE Drug Task Force (Gore Range Narcotics Interdiction Team) served three search warrants in the Eagle-Vail area on Wed., Jan. 25.
The suspects in this case have been identified as Hunter Furrow, 29, and Nevada Furrow, 37, both from Eagle-Vail.
Officers seized large quantities of illegally cultivated marijuana. In addition to marijuana, nine firearms were seized from the residences. Suspects in this investigation are facing charges which include conspiracy, drug possession, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and other marijuana related offenses.
GRANITE requested the assistance of the Eagle County Special Operations Unit (SOU) after a threat assessment was conducted and the need was shown for heightened officer safety. The SOU Commander, Chief Greg Daly of the Avon Police Department reported, “This morning’s deployment of the Eagle County and Garfield County SWAT teams in support of the GRANITE drug task force and DEA was dictated by an intelligence led threat risk assessment. Our first priority is always the safety of our community and we ensured that these search warrants were executed safely and professionally.”
As a precautionary measure, law enforcement was placed at a school campus located approximately a half-mile away from the location of where the warrants were being served and, with the cooperation of school administrators and staff, the campus went into lockdown for approximately 30 minutes with little to no disruption of the daily activities at the school and no danger to the students or staff.
Eagle County Sherriff James Van Beek noted the success of the operation was based on the collaborative investigative efforts of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Police Department, DEA and the Eagle County Special Operations Unit. Sheriff Van Beek stated, “I am very proud of the hard work, dedication and cooperation between all the agencies involved in this investigation and their efforts are to be applauded. Our community's safety is paramount and those who choose to exist outside of the laws and endanger and diminish, with illegal activities, our neighborhoods and homes, will be sought out and apprehended.”
All involved parties are innocent until proven guilty.
GRANITE is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force comprised of police officers from the Eagle County Sheriff's Office and the Vail Police Department which focuses on felony narcotics investigations. During 2016, GRANITE investigated 56 felony narcotics related cases, made 58 felony narcotics arrests, seized 1,106 grams of cocaine, 700 doses of LSD, 69,000 grams of marijuana, 310 grams of marijuana concentrate, two guns and $100,000 in U.S. currency.
Anyone with information related to drug activity is encouraged to call GRANITE at 970-328-8628 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous.
Contact: Sergeant Jessica Tice
GRANITE, 970-328-8621 Business Hours, 970-479-2201 After Hours