News Release

Operation New Dawn

Department: Sheriff
Release Date: Apr 22, 2013


Larimer County Sheriff
John Schulz, Public Information Officer

The East Mulberry corridor was ablaze Saturday night with the red and blue lights of police cars as the Larimer County Sheriff's Office led a multi-agency enforcement action. It was the second of such enforcement actions to be held as part of the Sheriff's office Operation New Dawn.  

The action was designed to address the amount and type of criminal activity occurring in the East Mulberry Corridor.  Approximately 35 personnel from four agencies participated including the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado State Parole.
Dubbed "Operation New Dawn" this long-term, multi-year program includes as its objectives community outreach, education and involvement as well as coordination of other government resources and services in addition to criminal investigation and enforcement. 
During the seven-hour operation, 140 people were contacted which resulted in 13 arrests, 7 citations, 111 warnings and 9 interviews. Six people were arrested for Driving under the Influence, two for outstanding warrants, one for Driving under Suspension, one for Second Degree Trespassing and one for a Parole Violation. Two individuals were arrested as a result of an illegal drug investigation.
Tara Blackfeather, DOB: 022583 and Cal Symonds, DOB: 042685, both of Longmont, were contacted in the parking lot of Motel 6 and were found to be in possession of heroin and methamphetamine as well as packaging materials and paraphernalia. A search warrant for their room at the motel was executed and additional controlled substances were located and seized. Mr. Symonds gave a false name and was later found to have a felony warrant.
Tara Blackfeather was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (F6), Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (F3) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (P2).
Cal Symonds was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (F4), Identity Theft (F4), and Criminal Impersonation (F6) as well as a warrant  with a a $20,000 bond out of the Weld County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Comply on a Possession of Controlled Substance charge.
Both are being held at the Larimer County Jail. Bond has not been set yet.
Captain John Manago of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said, "I was particularly pleased with the outcome of this operation. Our efforts in this area are beginning to produce results to make it a safer place for the citizens of Larimer County."
The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.