Crime Briefs: Heroin bust near Glenwood Springs |

Crime Briefs: Heroin bust near Glenwood Springs

Ryan Summerlin

Three people were arrested Wednesday afternoon with heroin and other drugs just south of Glenwood Springs, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Pulled over at Colorado 82 and Garfield County Road 115, authorities found the driver, a 26-year-old man, with about 3.8 grams of heroin and about half a gram of methamphetamine.

While questioning the driver, deputies suspected that two other people in the vehicle were concealing drugs.

The front-seat passenger, a 28-year-old woman, was found with a syringe believed to contain heroin.

In the woman’s purse they found a vial with Alprazolam pills, an anti-anxiety medication that is a schedule IV controlled substance.

And in the back of the vehicle was a 21-year-old Glenwood Springs man, whom a deputy knew to have been in several other encounters with the law.

In the center console was a spoon with a large amount of brown residue believed to be burnt heroin, according to the deputy’s report.

In the back seat, authorities found a container with 13 hypodermic needles, three of which contained a brown substance. Another plastic container held more needles, another spoon and more plastic baggies.

They also found a digital scale and three more small plastic baggies containing suspected methamphetamine.

The 21-year-old was arrested on three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute and first-degree introduction of contraband, all felonies; and petty offense possession of drug paraphernalia.

The 26-year-old driver was arrested on charges including two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute, a felony.

The 28-year-old woman was arrested on charges including felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Family dispute turns threatening

Garfield County deputies were dispatched Jan. 6 to a home near Parachute, where a 34-year-old man reportedly was threatening to kill his 72-year-old father.

The older man reported that his son had kicked a hole in the wall at his home and smashed a dent into the refrigerator with a baseball bat.

The 34-year-old had shoved the older man, slapped him in the head and later threatened his father with the bat and a steel chain, the father reported.

A protection order already in place was supposed to protect the older man from his son.

The 34-year-old denied any harassment. He claimed the older man wasn’t even his father.

He was arrested on charges of menacing, a felony, along with harassment, criminal mischief and violating a restraining order, all misdemeanors.

Rifle officer stuck by syringe

A Rifle officer was banged up Wednesday afternoon and possibly stabbed by a syringe while trying to detain a 32-year-old man in Rifle.

Rifle officers were assisting a bail bondswoman to take a man into custody as she was revoking his bond. When the suspect learned that he was going back to jail, he tried to walk away. An officer grabbed his arm, and a struggle ensued.

One of the officer’s arms was hurt, and he received a puncture wound that may have been from syringes the man was carrying.

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