A narcotics operation executed by the Chaffee County Drug Task Force has been underway for the past several weeks in and around the City of Salida. As a result of the operation, the CCDTF announced on Thursday afternoon that one suspect is in custody and another remains at large.
According to a press release from Salida Police Department, the CCDTF worked with a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine through controlled buys. It was subsequently able to purchase methamphetamine from two Chaffee County residents in two different incidents. The two suspects are identified as Sheila Dimmitt (age 43) and Patricia Angell (age 38). Arrest warrants were recently issued for both women.
Angell was taken into custody on her outstanding arrest warrant from a residence in Poncha Springs, about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and turned over to the Chaffee County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash bond. As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dimmitt was still at large.
This is not the first time Demmitt has been arrested on charges related to methamphetamine. She was also arrested in April, 2017 in an undercover operation carried out by the Chaffee County Drug Task Force. That incident involved the purchase of just under an ounce of meth during the undercover operation, according to a press release issued Monday by the Salida Police Department. At that time, she was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, both of which are felonies.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sheila Dimmitt is asked to call Chaffee County Dispatch at 719-539-2596.
In the latest instances, warrants charges were issued for both women; the warrants charge were the same for both women: two counts of C.R.S. 18-18-405 Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Schedule II , as amended, a Level 3 Drug Felony and two counts of C.R.S. 18-18-403.5(2)(a) Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Schedule II, as amended, a Level 4 Drug Felony.
The Chaffee County Drug Task Force consists of officers from the Salida Police Department, Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Buena Vista Police Department.