Inmate’s balloon drop leads to one of many drug arrests |

Inmate’s balloon drop leads to one of many drug arrests

Dennis Webb
Post Independent Staff

He couldn’t blame it on the jail food.

A man who allegedly defecated a balloon containing heroin in the Garfield County Jail was one of several local residents to be arrested recently by a local drug enforcement task force.

The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team also is seeking two others as a result of investigations.

According to news releases Monday, the arrests include the following:

– Douglas James Milkovich, 36, whose last-known residence was 7800 Highway 82, No. 212, Glenwood Springs, was arrested on charges including possession of heroin, possession of contraband in a detentions facility and introducing contraband, in connection with the jail incident.

After Milkovich’s visit to the toilet Saturday, detention deputies notified TRIDENT of the suspicious balloon, which TRIDENT says Milkovich later admitted contained heroin.

He said he had inserted the drug in his rectum several days earlier when he had been arrested on outstanding warrants while appearing in court for an unrelated offense, TRIDENT said.

– Authorities arrested Ryan Charles Sims, 22, of 52089 Highway 6, No. 104, in Glenwood Springs, on Friday after conducting an investigation in June into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Glenwood Springs area. TRIDENT also is looking for Bobbie Sue Mortensen, 22, of the same address.

Arrest warrants for charges including distribution of methamphetamine were issued Friday against Mortensen and Sims after officers bought about a half-gram of meth from Mortensen and a gram from Sims on separate occasions at their home, TRIDENT said.

Mortensen has an additional drug-related warrant for her arrest, issued through the District Attorney’s Office based on a previous, unrelated TRIDENT case.

Sims was arrested Friday while in county jail on an unrelated TRIDENT investigation stemming from his arrest June 17 for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

– TRIDENT arrested Wesley Paul Kline, 41, of 644 Shadow Lane, Rifle, Friday in New Castle after a monthlong investigation into methamphetamine and marijuana distribution from New Castle to Rifle.

Over five different occasions, TRIDENT officers purchased a total of 13.7 grams of methamphetamine and 4.9 grams of marijuana from Kline, the agency reported. TRIDENT said Kline was distributing drugs in bars in New Castle and Silt.

In executing a search warrant for Kline’s home and car, authorities also found 5.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 38.9 grams of suspected marijuana, packaging and distribution equipment, and drug paraphernalia. Kline was booked in county jail on 18 felony drug charges.

– Mark Andrew Nelson, 43, of 3800 Old Lodge Road No. 2A, Glenwood Springs, was arrested July 2 after TRIDENT first received information March 19 that he was involved in drug distribution in the Glenwood area.

TRIDENT bought 1.2 grams of meth from Nelson in the Glenwood area June 23, and obtained an arrest warrant for him on multiple drug-related charges June 30, the agency reported.

He was taken into custody July 2 after being contacted by Glenwood police and TRIDENT officers during a traffic stop. A small amount of heroin was found in the vehicle he was in, TRIDENT reported.

– TRIDENT, Carbondale police and Garfield sheriff’s deputies tried unsuccessfully to arrest Christopher Miller July 2 at his home at 7800 Highway 82, No. 212, Glenwood Springs, based on an arrest warrant for multiple drug-related offenses.

Miller’s fiancee, Amy Thompson, 27, gave officers consent to search the home, and TRIDENT officers found heroin pipes and needles and crack pipes in Thompson’s bedroom, the agency says. It also reports that officers found she was in possession of heroin, which she attempted to conceal from officers at the residence. Thompson was arrested on multiple drug-related charges, along with tampering with physical evidence and violation of bond conditions, and jailed.

Miller is wanted on active arrest warrants. Authorities say he sold crack and powder cocaine to TRIDENT in Carbondale in late June, and also is suspected of distributing heroin in the Roaring Fork Valley.

– Darin Scott Colgin, 40, of 151 W. Main St., New Castle, was arrested after he called a known drug distributor and requested methamphetamine, TRIDENT reports.

TRIDENT officers, with the help of sheriff’s deputies and New Castle police, made the arrest after selling a quarter gram of imitation meth to Colgin while on County Road 335 near the New Castle Interstate 70 exit, the agency reported. It said Colgin tried to destroy the imitation meth he had just acquired after being taken into custody.

He was charged with criminal attempt to possess meth and tampering with physical evidence.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of those still at large is encouraged to contact TRIDENT at 945-8790 or

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