Traffic chase leads to arrest of pair on drug possession, theft charges

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SAN LUIS — It was two calls at once and neither of them was easy for the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct.7, deputies were investigating an alleged stabbing when they received a call on another situation.
Advised that a Costilla County EMS had seen a male with a rifle.
Deputy Roman Marrufo contacted Tomas Espinoza, 25, for driving recklessly on Salazar Street within the town of San Luis.
Espinoza allegedly failed to stop at multiple stop signs and was traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was stopped and Espinoza was contacted, along with a male passenger, who was identified as Julian Angelo Taylor, 23.
A felony stop was conducted due to the nature of the call.
Taylor was found to be in possession of a concealed and loaded handgun. Both he and the driver were patted down and found to be in the possession of black tar heroin packaged in individual baggies. A clearance of two rifles located in the vehicle was made and both came back as stolen.
The two men were placed into custody without incident and booked into the Costilla County Jail. Bond was set at $25,000 each.
Espinoza was booked on charges of reckless driving, theft, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and a special offense.
Taylor was booked on charges of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, theft, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and a special offense.
The Costilla County Sheriff thanked the Manassa Police Dept., Colorado State Patrol and Alamosa Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

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