Crime Briefs: Parachute woman found with half-pound of meth
On Aug. 5 the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team set up a buy to purchase an ounce of methamphetamine through a confidential source from an 18-year-old Rifle man.
During their conversation with the young dealer, he said a woman would be making the sale for $600, according to an affidavit.
They planned to meet in the Target parking lot in Glenwood Meadows.
TRIDENT officers watched the woman’s vehicle, a tan Chevy Trailblazer, park outside of Target, then circle the lot slowly for numerous laps, then park near the Chili’s restaurant.
The vehicle eventually left, but Glenwood Springs police stopped Karinda Robin Sills, 50, of Parachute, for failing to use a turn signal.
Inside the vehicle, officers discovered about 230 grams of methamphetamine in a plastic case and a firearm, a black 9 mm Beretta Storm. They also found empty plastic bags and a digital scale.
Officers found that the pistol was stolen out of Mesa County. Sills is a convicted felon and therefore barred from possessing a firearm.
She was arrested on felony charges that include attempted distribution of methamphetamine, a level 1 drug felony; possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a level 1 drug felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony.
She was also charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender and theft, both misdemeanors.
up to more than Pokémon
Early Monday morning, a woman in Glenwood Springs reported seeing some “shady and suspicious” youngsters in the Cooper Avenue parking garage.
They “weren’t just playing Pokémon” but “were up to something,” she told police.
As a couple of officers approached three people in a Honda Accord in the parking garage, one young man immediately began gather his things and walk away.
An officer recognized him as a 22-year-old New Castle man with three active warrants.
When an officer told him he was under arrest, the young man tried to make a run for it.
But he was sprayed with a chemical deterrent “and only took a few steps before going to the ground,” a Glenwood officer wrote in an affidavit.
The 22-year-old “began freaking out, yelling and sweating profusely,” so officers rushed him to jail for decontamination.
At the jail, a deputy found on him three small plastic baggies with white crystal-like powder inside, which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to police.
Altogether they found 8 grams of methamphetamine. This amount is associated with distribution rather than personal use, according to the officer.
He was arrested on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, a level 2 drug felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony; and misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer.
Couple swipes wallet, buys SMOKES
A 35-year-old Carbondale woman and a 26-year-old Rifle man were arrested in connection with a theft Aug. 1 from the Garfield County Courthouse.
A man in the waiting room of the collections office trying to set up payments for court fees left his wallet on a desk and soon discovered it missing. He told authorities that a man and woman had been in the waiting room with him.
Shortly afterward, the victim’s bank called saying his card had just been used at a 7-Eleven on Grand Avenue.
Police went to the location to find a man and a woman sitting at a street corner across from the convenience store. They matched the description the victim had given.
After first denying that they had stolen a wallet, that they had been to the courthouse that day or even that they’d been into the 7-Eleven, the officer told them they were under arrest.
The 26-year-old man then recanted and he’d give back to stolen property if the victim wouldn’t press charges.
The man had the wallet in his pocket, and the woman had two credit cards stuffed into her bra.
The man said they were homeless and just needed to eat. He offered his grandmother’s ring if the victim decided not to press charges, according to an affidavit.
Video surveillance at the 7-Eleven later showed the woman purchasing several drinks an a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes, according to an affidavit.
In the man’s backpack an officer also found a small red bag containing several syringes, some containing a brown liquid, a paper towel with tar on it, a spoon with burned resin, and several baggies with white crystalline substance, green leafy substance and brown crystalline substance, according to an affidavit.
Both were arrested on charges of identity theft, a class 4 felony; criminal possession of a financial device, a class 5 felony; criminal possession of an identification document, a class 6 felony; criminal impersonation, a class 6 felony; and misdemeanor theft.
The man was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.
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Blood scraped off the steering wheel and driver’s seat match Cody Christopher, but the defense attorney doesn’t find that conclusive.