County commissioner being investigated

Search conducted at the home of Larrie Rule earlier this week

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Although law enforcement officials have declined to release any information on the case, a source who asked to remain anonymous has shed some light on a law enforcement incident that occurred earlier this week.

Several law enforcement agencies, led by the Colorado State Patrol, conducted searches over a two-day period at the home of a Montezuma County commissioner and his wife.

Larrie Rule is completing his final term (8 years) on the commission this year and his wife Pat DeGagne-Rule waged an unsuccessful campaign for a commissioner seat in the June Republican primary. She is also the former head of the local Republican party.

The Colorado State Patrol, which is heading up the investigation, has declined to release any information on the search and the search warrants are reportedly sealed.

Calls to the Journal reported seeing a large number of law enforcement vehicles at the Rule home Wednesday and Thursday. The home, which also operates as the Rule Trucking business, is located on County Road L.

Montezuma County Sheriff's Office has also declined to talk about the case, instead referring all questions to the Colorado State Patrol, which is the lead agency.

According to a Denver Post report, a witness said that he watched sheriff's deputies drive two cement mixers out of the Rule's property.

A call to the Rule's home was answered Saturday morning and the woman agreed to return a call for comment later.

See cortezjournal.com for further details as they become available.