Crime Briefs: Ohio pot charges were dropped, but Carbondale man now faces meth case
One of two Carbondale men busted in Ohio last January with 123 pounds of marijuana is in the Garfield County Jail in a drug case barely predating his Ohio arrest.
Craig Voight, 47, was booked last week on charges stemming from an undercover drug operation in which the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team bought methamphetamine off him about a year ago, according to authorities.
In two undercover drug operations last December and January, a TRIDENT undercover officer and a confidential informant bought a total of 9.2 grams of methamphetamine from Voight near the Third Street Center, according to police reports.
But before authorities made an arrest in the case, Voight and another Carbondale man, Kelly Harding, were stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which discovered 123 pounds of marijuana.
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In November, Harding was convicted by a jury in Madison County, Ohio, on class 2 felony drug possession and class 5 felony possession of criminal tools, according to the Madison County Court clerk’s office.
Harding was sentenced to eight years in prison, while Voight’s Ohio charges were dropped.
Voight’s Garfield County arresting charges were two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and two counts of possession of a methamphetamine, all felonies.
Suspect sprinkles COP car with meth
A 37-year-old woman was arrested on a Grand Junction warrant Dec. 9 near Silt after being pulled over for a cracked windshield and lack of a license plate light.
But things changed when the deputy hauling her to jail pulled her out of his patrol vehicle to find a “white crystal-like substance” and blood smears covering her seat.
The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, and the woman was bleeding from her hand. In one of the rear doors the deputy found a plastic bag with more white substance. The deputy found 0.37 grams of methamphetamine, and he wrote in a report that she appeared to have cut her finger while trying to destroy evidence.
She was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and evidence tampering, both felonies. Her misdemeanors included driving with a suspended license.
‘do not steal my truck’
A 28-year-old homeless man was arrested on felony aggravated motor vehicle theft after making off with a truck a local woman had let him drive, according to a police report.
New Castle police got a report from the 47-year-old woman, who said the man had stolen her father’s truck.
She had met the man at Kum & Go in the morning. He appeared to be homeless, so she felt like she needed to help him, she told police.
She took the man back to her house south of New Castle where they hung out for several hours, she said.
They later went to City Market, and she let him drive the truck, a black Ford F-150.
She left him in the vehicle while she went into the grocery store, saying, “Do not steal my truck, I will be right back,” according to a police report.
However, when she returned, he and the truck were gone. She told police he had green eyes, “smelled very bad” and looked homeless.
Later that evening New Castle officers received reports that the truck had been at a Grand Junction gas station, where the driver had stolen gasoline.
The 28-year-old later went to the Montrose Police Department to tell officers that he took the truck because he felt he was being kidnapped.
A FELONY CHARGE FOR $2 in change
A 21-year-old man was arrested in Rifle after witnesses reported that he was trying to enter people’s vehicles in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
A couple of witnesses saw him entering a Honda Civic that was later found not to be his. The Honda owner later found his parking brake handle was up, which he had not pulled, and about $2 in change appeared to be missing.
A witness then saw the man try to enter a locked Toyota sedan.
The suspect was staying in an RV that was still in the parking lot when police arrived.
He smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and watery eyes, according to an affidavit. Officers found the man had a court order barring him from drinking alcohol.
While being handcuffed the man asked officers, “How do you all know I did what I did?” according to police.
The man was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, misdemeanor violation of a court order and petty offense theft.
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