Drone used to apprehend suspects

Vehicle, occupants were wanted by DEA

COSTILLA– Four people were arrested Tuesday night in the Trinchera Ranch area with the help of a drone after a high-speed chase from around the top of La Veta Pass.

According to a Costilla County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, the vehicle was positively identified and wanted in connection with a Drug Enforcement Agency warrant. Colorado State Patrol, Huerfano County and Alamosa County sheriff’s departments assisted Costilla deputies.

The vehicle, believed to be a white VW Jetta, was pursued to an area south of Highway 160 at mile marker 262 (near the roadside picnic tables).

Once the agencies made contact with the vehicle it was found to be unoccupied. A Reverse 911 call was issued to residents in the area at that time, warning them of the situation.

After a short search, deputies were able to locate and follow tracks that lead to an area where a male and female were taken into custody.

A short time later, Costilla County Search and Rescue arrived with a drone. Once the drone was in the air deputies were able to locate the other two suspects who had fled, another man and woman. All four were in custody by 6:30 p.m.

Names of the suspects were not immediately available.



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