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Alleged coke dealers nabbed at Aspen bar

Joel Stonington
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Two Aspen residents were arrested Tuesday night for allegedly dealing cocaine at the J-Bar.

Emily Billing, 25, and David Ives, 29, both stand accused of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. Both posted a $10,000 bond and were released from Pitkin County jail the same night as their arrests.

The arrests came after police received a report of a drug deal at the J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday night. According to the police report, a female was selling cocaine to three males.



When police arrived, the informant pointed out Billing, who was known to police from previous incidents.

Officer Jim Crowley allegedly asked Billing if she would consent to a search. She did, then admitted to having a bindle of cocaine in her pocket, according to the police report.




Despite the admission of possession, when Crowley went to speak with Billing’s alleged clients, she tossed the bindle under a radiator, an action witnessed by officer Jeff Fain, according to the report.

All three of the men fingered in the alleged deal consented to a search and one of them, Ives, allegedly was found to have a bindle of cocaine weighing 3 grams with packaging.

When police retrieved the bindle from under the radiator, it was found to have similar packaging to the one found on Ives, according to the police report. With packaging, it had a weight of 2.4 grams, police said.

The names of the other two men associated with the alleged deal were not released. They were not arrested, police said.

Ives and Billing are due in court for a filing of charges March 17. The nature of the charges has yet to be determined, said Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols.

jstonington@aspentimes.com