Aspen bartender charged with selling cocaine |

Aspen bartender charged with selling cocaine

Aspen police arrested a downtown nightclub bartender Thursday and charged him with distribution of cocaine after he allegedly sold the drug from behind the bar, according to court documents.

Jesse Shotwell, 38, of Aspen posted a $10,000 bond Thursday after he turned himself in at the Pitkin County Jail and was released, according to court documents.

The situation came to a head after a man Aspen police recently arrested for DUI and cocaine possession told officers he’d recently been partying at the nightclub with friends and asked the bartender “if he knew where he could get some cocaine,” according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.

“The bartender said he could sell him a gram of cocaine for $70,” the affidavit states. “Upon clearing the bill, (the patron) gave the bartender cash money, including an extra $70 for the cocaine.

“The bartender returned with a receipt and a folded cocktail napkin (with the cocaine inside).”

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An Aspen police officer wrote in the affidavit that he “immediately suspected” a bartender who works for the nightclub. The patron later identified Shotwell from a picture as the bartender who sold him the drug, the affidavit states.

Shotwell was arrested for DUI in February, when a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy found him in possession of three bindles of cocaine and more than $1,400 in cash, according to the affidavit.

“This is consistent with someone who deals drugs such as cocaine,” Aspen officer Ian MacAyeal wrote in the affidavit.

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