Garfield County crime briefs: Warrant leads to cocaine in wallet
At about 7:45 p.m. Nov. 15, a Glenwood Springs police officer attempted to contact a 29-year-old male to inform him of a warrant for his arrest.
According to the arrest affidavit filed with the 9th District Court, when the suspect was “dressed and stepped outside,” the officer placed the male under arrest and escorted him to his patrol car.
When the suspect was asked if he had any weapons or drugs on him, he replied, “he may have some cocaine in his wallet.”
Upon searching the male’s wallet, the officer found “a dollar bill folded up with a white powdery substance in it,” which later tested positive for the presence of cocaine, according to the affidavit.
The suspect was transported to the Garfield County Jail where he was lodged on the warrant and possession of a controlled substance.
Glock, meth pipes found
At approximately 6:10 p.m. on Nov. 16, a Silt police officer pulled over a white Honda sedan in the area of 13th Street and Ballard Avenue for allegedly passing another vehicle where prohibited.
According to the affidavit, when the officer spoke to the 27-year-old driver, he informed the officer that he did not have a license on him and also believed it was suspended. The suspect additionally notified police that he did not own the vehicle and did not know where the registration or the insurance for the car was.
When the officer had dispatch run the name and date of birth given to him by the driver, it was returned as clear with no record.
However, the same name, but with a slightly different date of birth also came up with a record that indicated the suspect had a restraining order and a revoked driver’s license as a result of a DUI charge.
When confronted about this information, the driver admitted to giving officers the wrong date of birth. After the officer called the suspect’s mother, as well as informing the suspect that Colorado State Patrol was on the way with a fingerprint scanner, the suspect provided his real name and was placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant from another agency.
The suspect additionally stated anything found in the car was not his, as the vehicle belonged to someone else.
When officers contacted the car’s owner, “he stated he was letting [the suspect] test drive the car,” and additionally told officers anything found in the car did not belong to [the vehicle’s actual owner].
“During the inventory search of the vehicle, officer’s discovered a Glock 30 .45 Cal pistol, a backpack with computers and other electronic devices, and three clear pipes consistent with that used to smoke methamphetamine,” according to the arrest affidavit.
After running the car’s license plate, the officer also discovered it, too, was fictitious and confiscated it.
The suspect was booked into the Garfield County Jail on charges including warrant from another agency, criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, overtaking a vehicle on the left and fictitious plates.
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Despite nearly a month of intense investigation by two APD detectives, two investigators with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and help from an FBI agent in Glenwood Springs, the case is progressing slowly.