GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Four Californians at the Mesa County Justice Center are facing felony charges today after being pulled over with two pounds of meth and loaded hand guns.
All four suspects are being held on $25,000 bonds, and two defendants tried to argue their bond today.
Miguel Ponce’s defense argued that this was a “classic drug mule case”. Ponce’s defense says his client could potentially have been recruited in East LA to carry drugs here to Colorado.
Ponce has no ties to the local community, and the judge denied lowering his bond.
Maynor Zacarias, the driver of the vehicle, also made an attempt to lower his bond.
Zacarias’s defense presented a letter from his boss in California that says he would pay to fly Zacaria’s back and forth for his court appearances if he is released. However, the judge denied lowering the bond while citing that he has been charged with violent crimes in the past.
Zacarias is now facing charges that bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years in corrections.