Around 5:10 p.m. May 13, an officer with the Carbondale Police Department patrolled near Sopris Avenue following a tip that marijuana was being sold to juveniles in the area.
According to the affidavit in support of warrantless arrest, the officer observed a hand-to-hand “transaction” between the 24-year-old male suspect and “a younger looking male.”
The officer ordered both males to walk toward his patrol car and questioned them as to what they were doing. The officer asked how old the younger male was, to which he replied “16.” The 24-year-old said that the 16-year-old male was “dropping off his headphones.”
The juvenile consented to a search and told the officer that he had marijuana on him. Subsequently, the officer confiscated a pack of cigarettes and a black container of marijuana off of the 16-year-old male and told the juvenile to go sit in his patrol car.
“I did not handcuff the [16-year-old male] while he was in my car,” the officer stated.
The officer then questioned the 24-year-old male who said that the juvenile only had a little marijuana wax. The 24-year-old male knew what type of marijuana was in the container despite not seeing inside of it.
The officer searched the 24-year-old male and located a cell phone, a marijuana joint and $25 in cash.
According to the affidavit, the entire event took place within approximately 150 yards of a high school.
The 24-year-old male was transported to the Garfield County Jail and charged with offenses relating to marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
SHATTERED WINDSHIELD, KUM & GO, METH
At approximately 10:41 p.m. May 15, an officer with the Rifle Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a black Nissan Altima in the parking lot of the Kum & Go in south Rifle for a shattered windshield.
According to an arrest affidavit, after running the 27-year-old female driver and 24-year-old male passenger’s licenses, dispatch advised that the female had a felony warrant out of Mesa County for theft.
According to the affidavit, the female tried to light a cigarette on numerous occasions, but each time, “[the 24-year-old male] reminded her they were parked near a gas pump.”
Before being placed under arrest for the warrant the officer asked if the female “wanted anything out of her purse,” to which she replied, “you’re not touching my purse.”
The officer then asked the male if he was aware of anything illegal in the vehicle. At first he replied that he wasn’t, but when the officer made clear that whomever came retrieve the car would be responsible for anything in the vehicle, the male stated, “I don’t know what’s in her purse, but I don’t want anything to do with it.”
The officer then placed the purse on the trunk of the black Nissan Altima and “began searching the purse incident to arrest.”
The search turned up 0.6 grams of methamphetamine.
“I could hear [the 27-year-old female] screaming from the back of my patrol car that she did not give me consent to search her purse, and she wanted her lawyer present.”
After another officer explained to her what “search incident to arrest was,” she calmed down and was semi-cooperative, according to the affidavit.
The female suspect was transported to the Garfield County Jail and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia (petty offense).