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Cortez suspect in Airstream trailer theft arrested in drug bust

Elizabeth Ann Rogers and Samuel John Clark
Elizabeth Rogers and Samuel Clark arrested at convenience store on U.S. 491

A Cortez woman who faces charges in the theft of an Airstream trailer in 2020 has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession and distribution, according to the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office.

According to an arrest warrant from the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, on Sept. 1 Elizabeth Ann Rogers and Samuel John Clark were arrested while parked at a convenience store on U.S. Highway 491 for various outstanding offenses and subsequently charged with drug offenses.

Upon being booked into the Montezuma County Detention Center, a package was found on Rogers allegedly containing 145 counterfeit Oxycontin pills and 32.2 grams of suspected meth. The counterfeit pills are suspected to include fentanyl, according to investigators cited in the arrest affidavit.

Rogers faces numerous charges filed by the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office including two felony counts of alleged illegal drug possession with intent to manufacture of distribute, two felony counts of alleged unlawful possession of illegal drugs, accessory to crime, violation of bail bond conditions and harboring a minor.

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Rogers and Clark were both issued $50,000 bonds. Rogers has posted a $50,000 bond, and was released from jail. Her next court date is Oct. 7 for a preliminary hearing and appearance on bond.

In a plea agreement, Clark has pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to distribute or posses illegal drugs, a Class 3 felony, according to Assistant District Attorney Will Furse. He remains in custody at the Montezuma County jail. Clark also pleaded guilty to felony aggravated motor vehicle theft in an unrelated case.

Clark’s sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 4.

This 1953 Airstream is back home in the Dolores River Campground after being stolen in August.